Approval Disclosure Statement
The Dharma Realm Buddhist Association, City of Ten Thousand Buddhas,
2001 Talmage Rd, P.O. Box 217, Talmage, California, 95481-0217 first
received approval to operate February 18, 1982, under the California Superintendent
of Public Instruction provisions, Section §94311D, California
In 1995, these Programs were granted Approval to Operate by the Bureau
for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Training Under the Private Postsecondary
and Vocational Education Reform Act of 1989. Approval to
Operate means compliance with the minimum state standards and does
not imply any endorsement or recommendation by the State or by the
As of Spring 2000 total clock hours are 8,000 for Paramita Training Program
as shown in detail in Section IX. Students of the program reside at the
City of Ten Thousand Buddhas or the City of the Dharma Realm, and at
off-campus facilities approved by the Sangha and Laity Training Program’s
administration. Current maximum enrollment is set at 300 students.
Diplomas are awarded for successful completion of the total course. Prospective
enrollees are encouraged to visit the physical facilities of the
school and to discuss their personal educational and occupational plans with
school personnel prior to enrolling or signing enrollment agreements. The
business office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
Persons seeking to resolve problems or complaints should first contact the
instructor in charge. Requests for further action may be made to the Student
Complaint Designee and/or the Sangha and Laity Training Programs Committee
on Program Standards (see page 48). Unresolved complaints may be
directed to the office of Bureau for Private Postsecondary & Vocational
Education, California State Department of Education, 1027, Tenth Street,
Fourth Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814; Telephone number: (916) 327-8900.
All information in the content of this school catalog is current and correct
for the Programs offered January 1, 2000 - December 1, 2003.
Methods of Instruction
Class format is of three types: academic, practicum, and independent study.
Training is measured in clock hours for each type of course. A letter grade
is given to evaluate the quality of the clock-hour performance.
1) Academic (A)
The classroom instructor monitors the students’ progress by observation of
attendance, attentiveness, participation in the class format, and completion
of assignments. A letter grade is assigned, indicating comprehension of the
content covered in the class. Clock hours are earned as recorded on attendance
records. Trainees who wish to take Dharma Realm Buddhist University
classes for clock-hour and letter-grade credit in the Sangha or Laity
Training Program, must complete a Special Studies Form, get the instructor’s
signature and then pass the form to the Registrar’s Office.
2) Practicum (P)
Practicum courses normally involve participation in group practice where
learning takes place through mutual cooperation. Instruction is given both
verbally and through demonstration and example on the part of the instructor.
Practicum courses include ceremony and ritual, repentance, recitation,
mantras, and Chan. Each practicum course is complemented with a study
course. However, during actual practice of ceremony and ritual, repentance,
recitation, and mantras, texts containing Buddhism’s principles and meanings
are often read, recited, and memorized. Normally during Chan practice,
instruction in the principles of Chan are given. Evaluation is based on close
and continual observation of the students’ performance, level of competence,
quality of participation, development of skill, and attendance record.
Clock hours are earned and a letter grade is assigned.
3) Independent Study
Clock hours may be earned and letter grades given for approved and supervised
independent study. To arrange an independent study class, the student
must consult with the appropriate instructor to arrange the content of the
course, method of study or practice, and means of evaluation. If approved,
the student then completes the Special Studies Form, has the instructor sign
it, and turns it to the SLTP registrar’s office.
Trainees’ progress is rated as satisfactory or unsatisfactory at the end of
each school term. An overall satisfactory evaluation for training will be
judged on the basis of (1) a minimum 80% overall average attendance and
punctuality; (2) the trainees’ having no disciplinary warnings; (3) the trainees’
having exhibited a minimum level of attentiveness, comprehension,
retention, and performance as determined by an overall average letter grade
of at least C. If a trainee receives an unsatisfactory overall evaluation on the
basis of those three criteria in any given semester, then such a trainee will
be counseled by an advisor to help determine the root of the problem and to
aid the trainee in returning to a satisfactory performance level. An accumulation
of three or more unsatisfactory ratings may be deemed cause for a
Instruction, guidance, and evaluation of moral development are a major part
of the Training Programs. Students are counseled and evaluated according
to criteria made known to them that are based on the Six Principles.
Advising and Placement
Trainees are closely supervised in their progress through the Training Programs.
Much of the curriculum is aimed at developing virtue and competence
in religious practice and inter-cultural skills.
Personal advice, encouragement, and guidance are essential to the process
of learning. A senior instructor is in charge of each area of study for trainees
and monitors their progress and attendance closely. In addition, each student
has a faculty advisor who assists him or her in making curriculum choices,
completing administrative procedures, resolving personal problems and
determining career choices.
The Sangha and Laity Training Programs do not offer placement assistance
to graduates. However, the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association maintains
extensive contacts with Buddhist monasteries, convents, educational institutions,
health centers, and other Buddhist organizations throughout the world
and may offer placement advice and letters of recommendation to qualified
Transfer credit may be accepted for up to one-half of the instructional
requirements in each area for a maximum of one-half the total credit
hours requirement = 4,000 hours for both the Sangha and the Laity Paramita
Programs. Transfer credits (for, lab, and practicum courses) may
be accepted from an institute of higher learning or an internationally recognized
Buddhist monastery, convert, or academy. Trainees requesting transfers
of credits are responsible for submitting official transcripts, letters of
recommendation, and any other pertinent evidence of their previous training.
Students who are enrolled in the Laity Training Program and who develop a
monastic vocation may apply to the Sangha Training Program once they
have left the home-life. Upon their acceptance into the Sangha Training
Program, all of the credit hours they have earned in the Laity Training Program
may be transferred toward the Sangha Diploma, with the consent of the Program’s administrative staff.
Note: There is no connection between being a Buddhist Monastic and being
a Sangha Training student, other than that the Sangha Training Programs
are restricted to monastics only, and one must be a monastic before being
admitted to the Sangha program.
State of California Tuition Recovery Fund
The Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) was established by the Legislature
to protect any California resident who attends a private postsecondary
institution from losing money if the student prepaid tuition and suffered a
financial loss as a result of the school’s: closure; failure to live up to its enrollment
agreement; or refusal to pay a court judgment.
To be eligible, a student must be a “California resident” and reside in California
at the time the enrollment is signed or when the student receives lessons
at a California mailing address from an approved institution offering
correspondence instruction. Students who are temporarily residing in California
for the sole purpose of pursuing an education, specifically those who
hold student visas, are not considered “California residents.”
To qualify for STRF reimbursement, you must file an STRF application
within one year of receiving notice from the Bureau that the school is
closed. If you do not receive notice from the Bureau, you have 4 years from
the date of closure to file an STRF application. If a judgment is obtained,
you must file an STRF application within 2 years of the final judgment.
It is important that you keep copies of Enrollment Agreements, financial aid
papers, receipts, or any other information that documents the moneys paid
to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to the Bureau
for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education, 1027-10th Street,
Fourth Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814-3517. Tel: (916) 445-3427.
Trainee’s records are maintained at the business office at the CTTB campus,
with back-up data being stored at the Women’s Translation and Archives
Center, Burlingame. Enrollees are advised and cautioned that state law requires
this educational institution to maintain school and student records for
a period of at least five (5) years. Transcripts are retained for a period of at
least fifty (50) years.
Attendance Requirements and Sample Schedule
The Sangha Paramita Training Program and the Laity Paramita Training
Program are offered daily throughout the year. Trainees are expected to
be in attendance for 50 weeks of the year, including scheduled meditation
and recitation sessions. Trainees may enroll during 7 months of
each year: the first three months of spring and fall semesters, and the
first month of the summer session, for a total of 211 days in all. The
class schedule for each term shows the last possible day to enter the program.
Trainees may refer to the class schedule for each term to determine
which classes are required and which are optional and to be made aware
of an any additional classes scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays and at
other times as determined by instructors. A sample daily schedule is as
|3:30 - 4:00 a.m.
|4:00 - 5:00 a.m.
|5:00 - 6:00 a.m.
|6:00 - 7:00 a.m.
||Morning meditation or study
|6:15 - 6:45 a.m.
|7:00 - 8:00 a.m.
||Avatamsaka Sutra recitation
|8:00 - 10:30 a.m.
||Scheduled classes, monastery work, or recitation
|10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
||Meal Offering Ceremony
|11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
||Vegetarian meal (Noon meal)
|12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
||Great Compassion Repentance
|2:10 - 5:00 p.m.
||Classes, monastery work, or study
|5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
|5:15 - 5:45 p.m.
|6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
|7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
|9:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Weekend Activities in Addition to the Daily Schedule:
|8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
||Shurangama Mantra (Saturday)
|2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
||Sutra Lecture (Saturday and Sunday)
|3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
||Great Compassion Mantra (Saturday)
Prompt and regular attendance at all assigned classes is required.
A trainee may withdraw completely from the Training Program for serious
and compelling reasons or in verified cases of accident or acute or
chronic illness. All requests for withdrawal must be submitted to the
Unofficial Withdrawal From Courses or the Training Program
Trainees who leave a course or Training Program without officially
withdrawing from enrollment are subject to a failing grade.
Cancellation of Secheduled Courses
The Training Program administration reserves the right to cancel any
course listed in the class schedule if enrollment is four trainees or less,
or if an instructor is not available due to an unavoidable change in faculty
Award of a Sangha or Laity Training Diploma
A Sangha or Laity Training diploma is awarded at the successful completion
of the total number of clock hours required for the course of
Training for which the student enrolled; this usually takes four years.
While enrolled in the Sangha Training Program or the Laity Training Programs,
trainees are always expected to act in a responsible manner and to
conduct themselves in accordance with the teachings of the Buddha, even
when they are off campus. Improper behavior may be grounds for disciplinary
action or dismissal. The Six Principles of the Dharma Realm Buddhist
|1. not fighting;
|2. not being greedy;
|3. not being selfish;
|4. not seeking personal gratification;
|5. not pursuing personal gain; and
|6. not lying.
Student apparel. Dress should be modest, while being appropriate to the
season and climate. Monks and nuns are required to wear the 5-piece or 7-piece precept sash except when performing menial tasks or when in their
Rules for Residents. Men may not enter the women’s residence halls,
and women may not enter the men’s residence halls. Residents are responsible
for keeping their rooms, residence halls, and designated areas
they live in clean and neat, according to a schedule to be established by
the students and the residence hall supervisors. Students’ rooms are subject
to inspection. No screws, nails, tape, or the like may be used on the
walls or other surfaces of the rooms, and Training Program furniture
must remain in the rooms where it was originally placed, unless permission
to move it is obtained from the residence hall supervisor. Students
must refrain from making unnecessary noise, particularly after 10:00pm.
No dancing, gambling, or taking intoxicants of any sort, including tobacco,
is allowed anywhere on campus. No electrical appliances food,
video, radio, or television, etc., are allowed in students’ rooms.
Students’ guests should register at the administration office upon first
entering either campus. Housing will then be assigned to them. Sleeping
outside on the grounds or in cars is not permitted.
Buyer’s Right to Cancel
The student has the right to cancel this Agreement without obligation, and
obtain a refund of all amounts paid, less a non-refundable registration fee of
$30.00 per semester, if notice cancellation is given to DRBA, SLTP, prior
to or on the first day of instruction by mail, hand delivery, telegram, or facsimile
Mr. Chu, Jen-Hou, Administration Office,
City of Ten Thousand Buddhas
P.O. Box 217, 2001 Talmage Road,
Talmage, CA 95481-0217
Telephone: (707) 462-0939;
Facsimile: (707) 462-0949
The written notice of cancellation, if sent by mail, is effective when deposited
in the mail properly addressed with postage prepaid. The written notice
of cancellation need not take any particular form and, however expressed, is
effective if it shows that the student no longer wishes to be bound by the
Enrollment Agreement. Refunds will be paid within 30 days of cancellation
Explanation of Program Withdrawal and Refund Rights
A student who has completed 60 percent or less of the program of instruction
described in the enrollment agreement may withdraw from the program
and receive a refund of the unused portion of tuition fees and other charges.
If a student withdraws after the period in which the student may cancel this
agreement, but before the student has completed 67 percent or less of the
program, the student need only pay for educational services rendered, plus a
non-refundable registration fee of $30 per semester (not to exceed $100).
The prorated refund amount will be calculated by first determining the total
hourly cost of the program of instruction by dividing the total tuition charge
by the total number of clock hours, then multiplying the hourly cost by the
total clock hours elapsed at the time of the withdrawal, and then subtracting that amount from the total amount paid.
When the student has “withdrawn”
For the purpose of determining the student’s obligation for the time attended,
the student will be considered to have withdrawn from the program
when any of the following occurs:
• When the student notifies the school of the withdrawal or the actual
date of withdrawal, whichever is later.
• When the school terminates the student’s enrollment.
• When the student fails to attend classes for a three-week period. In
this case, the date of withdrawal will be deemed to be the last date
of recorded attendance.
• When the student fails to submit three consecutive lessons or fails to
submit a completed lesson required for home study or correspondence
within 60 days of its due date.
Note: This school does not participate in state, federal, or privately-funded
student loan programs.
For the purpose of determining the amount a student owes for the time attended,
the student shall be deemed to have withdrawn from the course when
any of the following occurs:
|a. The student notifies the school of his/her withdrawal or the actual day of withdrawal
|Class time elapsed
||Amt of refund
Before class starts
|up to 10%
||90% of fees pd.
|up to 25%
||75% of fees pd.
|up to 60%
||40% of fees pd.
|b. The school terminates the students’enrollment
|c. The student fail to attend classes for a three-week period. In this case, the date of withdrawal shall be deemed to be the last date of recorded attendance.
|d. The student fail to submit three consecutive lessons, or you fail to submit a completed lesson required for distance learning within 60 days of its due date.
The amount of refund will first be used to repay any student financial aid programs
from which the student received benefits, in proportion to the amount
of the benefits received. Any remaining amount will be paid to the student.
If the amount the student has paid is more than the amount that the student
owes for the time attended, then a refund will be made within 30 days after
notice of cancellation is received by the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association.
If the amount the student owes is more than the amount the student has already
paid, then the student will have to make arrangements to pay it.
The entire refund policy, as stated above, may also be found in the Enrollment