舊金山大學（University of San Fran-cisco）是天主教教會所辦的大學。今年第一次舉辦參訪萬佛聖城的活動，由該校神學教授大衛·拜特斯東（David Bat-stone）率團前往。拜特斯東教授表示，以後將繼續舉辦參訪萬佛聖城之旅。
On the evening of Friday, September 26, 74 students from Humboldt State University and 12 students from the University of San Francisco (a private Catholic university) came to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas to explore the meaning of life, experience the life of a Buddhist practitioner for a weekend, and exchange views with the residents of the City.
For over ten years, the Religious Studies Department of Humboldt State University (HSU) has held fieldtrips to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, fostering the opportunity for those of different religious beliefs to exchange views. Given the wide popularity of the program, four years ago HSU began to sponsor these trips twice a year. The number of students per trip has risen steadily. This time, a record high of 74 students came from HSU. They were led by Bill Herbrechtsmeier, Professor of Religious Studies, who has a deep interest in Oriental philosophy and also practices tai qi quan.
This is the first time the University of San Francisco, a Catholic-sponsored university, has organized a visit to the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Students came with David Batstone, Professor of Theology, who indicated that he would like to plan more trips to the City in the future.
Several Sangha members and laypepople who live at the City, as well as Dr. Tom Macmillan, an old friend of the City who is a Baptist minister and a faculty member of Mendocino College, took part in various discussions with the students. Students’ questions included: “Is death enlightenment?” “Why do Bhikshunis (nuns) have more precepts than Bhikshus (monks)? “Why do monks and nuns shave their heads?” “If everyone enters Nirvana or gets enlightened, will the world still exist?” The answers were just as wonderful, and the discussions were carried out in a harmonious fashion. Dr. Macmillan is teaching a course on Comparative Religions at Dharma Realm Buddhist University this fall.
I hope every teacher will be a good model of integrity who does not go on strike for the sake of salary, but will pass his or her aspirations and wisdom on to the next generation.
Venerable Master Hua