Famen Temple Steps into Job Market to Employ University Graduates
07-24-2018    Xinhua
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><FONT size=4>Xinhua, January 8, 2007</FONT></SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><FONT size=4><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Xi'an</SPAN></st1:City><SPAN lang=EN-US>, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region></st1:place> -- With jobs hard to get, graduates are stalking the corridors of holy temples.</SPAN></FONT></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><FONT size=4><st1:PlaceName w:st="on"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Famen</SPAN></st1:PlaceName><SPAN lang=EN-US> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Temple</st1:PlaceType>, one of the four most famous Buddhist Temples in ancient <st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region>, employed four graduate students and five with bachelors degrees at a job market at <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Northwest</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Agriculture &amp; Forestry</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType> on Sunday in <st1:City w:st="on">Xi'an</st1:City>, capital of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Shaanxi</st1:State></st1:place> province.</SPAN></FONT></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><FONT size=4>It also hired 18 graduates from two other universities.</FONT></SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><FONT size=4>It is the first time the temple has been to a job market to employ university graduates, said Xiankong, an eminent monk from the temple.</FONT></SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><FONT size=4>"Our exchanges with the outside world are increasing each year, so we need professional personnel in fields such as publicity, reception and management", said Xiankong.</FONT></SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><FONT size=4>The temple planned to employ two doctors, three masters, 14 bachelors and two technical school graduates who have majored in foreign languages, art, economic management, gardening, information management and Chinese literature.</FONT></SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><FONT size=4>Nearly 60 students applied for the positions.</FONT></SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><FONT size=4>The recruitment was a success even if no doctors were hired, said Xiankong.</FONT></SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><FONT size=4>The employees need to sign a one-year contract and dwell in the temple. Unlike the Buddhist monks there, they are free to do what they want in the evening.</FONT></SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><FONT size=4>The salary for a graduate with a bachelor's degree is 700 to 1200 yuan (90 to 155 U.S. dollars) per month, which is the going rate in the province.</FONT></SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><FONT size=4>Salaries for students with higher degrees are negotiable, said Xiankong.</FONT></SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><FONT size=4>In 1987, archeologists found some human remains, together with 2,000 relics, in a 1,000-year-old underground hall in Famen temple. The remains are said to be the finger bones of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism.</FONT></SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US><FONT size=4>Since then <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Famen</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Temple</st1:PlaceType>, 118 kilometers from <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Xi'an</st1:place></st1:City>, has become a holy place for Buddhists from all round the world.</FONT></SPAN></P>
Editor: Wang Xinyu
   
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