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of $25 is required with your application. Upon admission to Buddha Dharma University, we will send you a link to enable you to do complete the enrollment process.
NOTE: We will not turn away honest seekers whose situation does not allow them to pay for this education. If you have extenuating circumstances, please explain them below. Your situation will be reviewed by an enrollment counselor and you will be contacted directly. Scholarship sponsors may be available for students with financial need.
For information about financial aid, please check back in the future, currently we have a severe disparity between financial aid students and paying students; temporarily financial aid will not be offered to new students until we regain a balance.
2. All applications will be decided upon one week following the end of the current quarter. If you need further clarification, please send an e-mail to
to inquire about your application.
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Preferred name, if not ﬁrst name (only one)
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Language Proﬁciency (note: you must be fluent in the English Language to attend Buddha Dharma University
Current Mailing Address
Statement of Interest
When do you plan to enroll?
April 8, 2020
July 1, 2020
October 2, 2020
January 2, 2021
Do you intend to apply for need-based ﬁnancial aid?
Do you intend to apply for Celibate Bhikkhu-based scholarship?
Select your enrollment objective (if you select either M.Div. options you will have to submit verifiable proof of a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university)
I would like to enroll in the Certificate of Buddhist Studies, however, I do NOT seek ordination or priesthood.
I would like to enroll in the Certificate of Buddhist Studies with the objective of become a Buddhist Priest
I do NOT possess a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university and would like to enroll in the Certificate in Buddhist Ministerial Studies Program with the object of becoming an Ordained Buddhist Monk
I DO possess a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university and would like to enroll in the Master of Divinity Program (M.Div.); however, I do NOT seek ordination
I DO possess a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university and would like to enroll in the Master of Divinity Program (M.Div.) with the objective of becoming an ordained Buddhist Monk
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If you have a college degree please fill in the details below
Buddha Dharma University and Five Mountain Zen Order do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, creed, sex, age, marital status, parental status, physical disability, learning disability, political affiliation, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
Applicants must submit to and satisfactorily complete a background check review as a condition to admission into all programs designated as requiring a background check. An offer of admission will not be final until the completion of the background check(s) with results as deemed favorable. Admission may be denied or rescinded based on a review of the background check or as future information might become apparent.
I have read the above statement and agree
I have read the above statement and disagree
I understand that all offers of admission are conditional, pending receipt of ﬁnal transcripts showing work comparable in quality to that upon which the offer was based, as well as honorable dismissal from the school.
I certify that all information submitted in the admission process—including the application, the personal essay, any supplements, and any other supporting materials—is my own work, factually true, and honestly presented, and that these documents will become the property of the institutions to which I am applying and will not be returned to me. I understand that I may be subject to a range of possible disciplinary actions, including admission revocation, expulsion, or revocation of course credit, grades, and degree, should the information I have certiﬁed be false.
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Personal Buddhist History
Do you currently practice with a Five Mountain Zen Order Group?
Not Currently Affiliated with a Five Mountain Group
Am a member of a Sangha that I actively Participate in (Non-FMZO)
Center for Clinical Mindfulness - Cincinnati, OH
Clinton Zen Group - Clinton, IA
Dharmakaya Buddhist Association - Kansas City, MO
Mountain Gate Zen Center - Berkeley, CA
New Mind Meditation Society, Claremont, CA
New Tampa Zen Center, Tampa, FL
Ocean Eyes Zen Center - Costa Mesa, CA
Lotus Heart Zen - Oneida, NY
Original Mind Zen Sangha - Princeton, NJ
Springfield Zen Center - Springfield, OH
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If you practice with another Buddhist Group do you wish us to not discuss membership with our group with you?
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Have you taken precepts previously? If so please list the details below.
Please list other Spiritual/Religious group(s) that you have your practiced with?
At Buddha Dharma University, students are encouraged to wake up to their true nature while developing skills in deep, critical thinking as well as compassion and abiding love for all beings. This is accomplished through engagement in academic study, contemplative practice, service to others, and the creative arts. Given this, please tell us in an essay how you are prepared to participate in this distinctive community and how your life and educational goals would be reached by attending Buddha Dharma University. If you are applying directly into a particular degree, please make sure your essay addresses your experience and interest in this field.
Have you ever been found responsible for a disciplinary violation at any educational or religious institution you have participated, whether related to misconduct or behavioral misconduct, that resulted in a disciplinary action? These actions could include, but are not limited to: probation, suspension, removal, dismissal, or expulsion from the institution.
Have you ever been adjudicated guilty or convicted of a misdemeanor, felony, or other crime? [Note that you are not required to answer “yes” to this question, or provide an explanation, if the criminal adjudication or conviction has been expunged, sealed, annulled, pardoned, destroyed, erased, impounded, or otherwise ordered by a court to be kept conﬁdential.]
If you answered “yes” to either of the above questions, please enter a list that gives the approximate date of each incident, explains the circumstances, and reﬂects on what you learned from the experience.
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