UPenn Class Teaches Students How To Live Like Monks

12:56 PM, Feb 11, 2012   |    comments
Burmese monks pray together at Kha Khat Wain Kyaung monastery which is one of the three largest in the country in Bago, Myanmar (Photo Courtesy: Getty Images)
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Philadelphia, PA -- Looking for a wild-and-crazy time at college? Don't sign up for Justin McDaniel's religious studies class.

The professor's course on monastic life and asceticism gives students at the University of Pennsylvania a firsthand experience of what it's like to be a monk.

At various times during the semester, students must forego technology, coffee, physical human contact and certain foods.

They'll also have to wake up at 5 a.m. -- without an alarm clock.

That's just a sample of McDaniel's restrictions in an effort to help students become more observant, aware and disciplined.

Sophomore Madelyn Keyser of Castro Valley, CA, says while there are no tests or papers, the class is difficult because it's based on integrity and participation. She hopes it will help her become a better listener.

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