EKU Student One of 50 Worldwide Selected to Attend Buddhist Retreat in Taiwan

Coburn and Velez photo

An Eastern Kentucky University student is among only approximately 50 worldwide selected to participate in the 2014 Fo Guang Buddhist Monastic Retreat in Taiwan this summer.

Reagan Coburn, a junior philosophy and psychology major from Paintsville, will spend a month living and learning in a Buddhist monastery. All accommodations, including lodging and meals, will be covered by the Fo Guang Shan Monastery.

The retreat is provided for college and university students or recent graduates ages 18-35 who are interested in experiencing authentic Chinese Buddhist monastic life. It includes 14 days of monastic life and Buddhist studies classes, an intensive week-long Chan Meditation retreat, four days at the International Youth Seminar on Life and Chan that will draw approximately 1,000 young people from around the world, and a three-day tour of Taiwan.

Coburn was recommended for the retreat by Dr. Abraham Velez, an associate professor in EKU’s Department of Philosophy and Religion who specializes in Eastern religion. Coburn is a student in Velez’s Religions of China and Japan class this semester.

Velez said he was “honored that a student of mine has been accepted to this prestigious and very competitive program.”

Coburn said she was “really excited and very grateful for this opportunity.”

For more information about the 2014 Fo Guang Buddhist Monastic Retreat, visit www.fgs.org.tw/events/fgmonasticretreat.

Published on April 03, 2014