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...
The 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dordje has consented to this project and has given us his benediction.
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 in: Bern Khyentse Rinpoche: Pema Karpo Thrinzee. Beautiful Garland of White Lotus, Khyenkong Tharjay Charitable Society 2006.
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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