To enrich your study and practice, the Integrated Buddhist Studies program encourages you to cultivate your own vision & purpose when you pursue the course work, alongside our common vision, which is “To offer transformative Buddhist learning, experience and cultivation for everyone”.

Course Options

Course A (Root)

Main Course A is essential for any individual regardless of their prior experience, and is a prerequisite for Course B and C. Particularly, if you are new, you must start from this course except for a Jikishoan member, or an IBS student who has finished 1 term in A class curriculum, or previously attended a Bendoho Retreat for a minimum of 7 days, or 3 x One Day Workshops.

Fees

$640 One full year – 4 terms OR $200 One term 10 classes OR $110  5 classes.

$105 for each One Day Workshop.

 

Course B (Stem)

Main Course B is for a student who wants to train in Ryo practice and study in the Mahayana tradition at weekly Sanzen-kai with a Teacher and a Sangha. Anyone can attend Sanzen-kai. However, this course enrolment provides a supportive structure and an environment for Zen education and training in community level practice. Integration with Course A and C curriculum helps to bring meditation into life.

Fees

$290 One full year – 2 semesters OR $290 One semester – 6 months

 

Course C (Flower)

Main Course C is retreat-based and intended for students who pursue curriculum and training in Soto Zen Buddhism for a period of 3 years. However, a student may enrol in this course by year if this suits better. It emphasises methods and teachings of the two Zen Masters: Dogen Zenji and Keizan Zenji. A face to face interview with the Teacher is a prerequisite for Course C enrolment.

Fees

$4410 Three years – 9 retreats base OR $1580 One full year – 3 retreats base

 

Alternative Participation for returning students and members

Qualifying students/members may participate in the above courses as a nominal (33% attendance) or non-credit (casual attendance).

To qualify for Nominal registration, you must attend a minimum of 33% & submit an attendance plan for either:

  • Course A term
  • Course B semester, or
  • Course C retreat.

Fees

Non-credit student: $70 Admission fee

Nominal student: $70 Admission fee plus relevant course fees.

Accreditation

Accreditation assessment is primarily based on successful attendance in the Main Course Program (Jikishoan Accreditation Standard 2015).

Attendance Certificate: Upon request, Jikishoan will issue an Attendance Certificate to a student at any point he/she earns above 80 student hours. A student earns a credit by their attendance/student hours and 1 unit comprises 10 student hours.

Teacher Training

  • Student-Teacher Training Program Certificate may be awarded for students who complete three years of training within the Main Course program under the main teacher’s guidance. Requirements: above 108 course units, 5 formal practice periods, and independent projects.
  • Assistant Teacher Certificate: A Internship training position (Student-teacher Training), to become an Assistant Teacher, may be offered to a Student-Teacher and or a monastic who completes Head Student training and earns above 324 attendance credit units.

Refund Policy

Admission and tuition fees are non-refundable. However, if Jikishoan determines that due to extraordinary circumstances a student can no longer continue his/her course work, the remaining balance of the Main Course tuition paid may be credited for re-enrolment in the following year.

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