A secular monastery...
The term "secular monastery" symbolizes for us a "middle path" located between the life in a classical monastery and that of ordinary life. It suggests a place uniting the two aspects of Buddhist practice: the formal practice "on the cushion", and the application of Dharma in everyday life.
Indeed, despite our motivation, it may happen that we frequently forget the Dharma a little bit in our daily lives, that we allow ourselves to fall back into our usual repetitive habits. Ideally, Dharma is practiced each and every moment but the complexity of our modern way of life and our mental habits often represent a big challenge for our spiritual practice.
Thus temporary stays or permanent residency in this secular monastery will be available to offer the possibility to meet this challenge, by a regular meditation practice and also by training ourselves to transform daily activities into spiritual practice. To acquire this transformation, different tools will be applied: joint practice in the Temple, community work, personal retreats, substantial periods of silence and a return to our interior self, the attentive use of words, the simplicity of daily life...
To acquire this transformation, different tools will be applied: joint practice in the Temple, community work, personal retreats, substantial periods of silence and a return to our interior self, the attentive use of words, the simplicity of daily life...
The absence of intoxicating substances and the limited use of technological devices (cell phones, iPads and computers) will help to maintain vigilence and clearness of Mind and a calm community life.
This project thus is designed for those persons wishing to enhance and reinforce their personal transformational work and to live with compassion and daily attentiveness instead of the usual egocentric tendencies. Consistency and engagement are the beneficial qualities of this path.
The possibility will be given of either living permanently full-time in the monastery or of staying for several days, weeks or months to share the daily community life through meditation, work, exchanges and mutual support. It will also be possible to come simply to listen to teachings or for an individual retreat.
This project will set up here or there, depending on the opportunities : Alsace, Lorraine, North-East of Franche-Comté, cross-border regions with Germany or Switzerland...
To know more
"Whatever project you start, you should think big and do it in a massive way. Just go for it and you will be successful." *
The 16th Gyalwa Karmapa
* Quoted from "Pema Karpo Thrinzee - Beautiful Garland of White Lotus”, Berou Khyentsé Rinpotché,
éd. Khyenkong Tharjay Charitable Society, Singapore 2006, p. 51
A SECULAR MONASTERY
a place to live, a place to practice
The term "secular Monastery" refers to a community of non-ordained people who practice, live, and work together, either permanently or occasionally.
The community will thus be composed of permanent residents, occasional residents, and all the people participating, directly or indirectly, in the activities of the Lay Monastery.
The realisation of this project and the development of its activities will only be possible thanks to the involvement of all the members of the Sangha.
The Lay Monastery will be founded in the countryside, in the Eastern region of France. It will be intended to benefit the greatest number of people by applying the teachings of the Buddha, whose heart is in the six paramitas*.
Training to be at peace with oneself and consequently with the world, practicing simplicity and contentment, calming the mind and living in harmony with different beings and the environment meets the needs not only of the people who are on this path, but of our society as a whole.
Practicing and living the Dharma together will also be a contribution to the preservation of the Dharma and its transmission.
This Lay Monastery will thus be a refuge and a support on the path to enlightenment through the practice and application of the Dharma in daily life - the two elements that make up the Buddhist path.
* generosity, ethics, patience, joyful effort, meditation, and wisdom
We wrote a detailed document that we can send to you if you have interest for this project.
The place will develop in successive phases, in line with the development of the Dharma activity and the number of residents and users invested in the project.
Initially, the priority will be to set up a temple for the practice, and buildings for permanent residents as well as for welcoming occasional residents and users.
The installation of water supplies, a vegetable garden and some orchards is also planned for the first two years, in order to guarantee as much autonomy as possible in the long term.
The establishment of areas dedicated to personal retreat, the constructions of several temples (including an ecumenical one, open to the public at all times), of 8 stupas, and the installation of a congregation are planned since the design stage.
The project will thus be built in the form of "modules" (or units), viable in themselves, and to which other modules will be added over time, as resources are developed and the number of practitioners increases.
The practices and activities proposed here are for both beginners and confirmed practicionners engaged on this path already for some time.
Please note that before engaging a Buddhist practice, it is necessary to have acquired personal stability and self-esteem, failing which existing psychological problems may significantly worsen. In this case, the Buddhist path can under no circumstances replace psychological or psychiatric treatment.
To contact us...
+33 7 66 56 45 76
34 rue du 57ème régiment de transmissions
68100 Mulhouse - France
Just across the street from the Residence (the Residence's parking space is private).
Om Mani Peme Hung
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