Hanshan Temple opens Buddhist-focused studies for single female believers

Global Times, Sept 4, 2013

Suzhou, China -- Hanshan Temple, a famous Buddhist temple in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province has started special undergraduate courses for female believers, said the city's bureau of ethnic and religious affairs.

But only single females between the ages of 17 and 40 who have completed public high school or a middle school level of education at a Buddhist academy are permitted to apply for the program that will teach students about the religion, local news portal subaonet.com reported Wednesday.

The most talented graduates will be granted the honor of working for the academy at Hanshan Temple or recommended for further study at other Buddhist temples.

The courses are free and students admitted into the program will be given free meals and a modest living stipend.

Courses for female believers at other famous Buddhist temples in China like Putuo Mountain Temple, include other subjects, such as science, information technology, English and medical care.