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.
and the continuation
The place is planned to grow in successive phases, in line with the development of the Dharma's activity, and the number of residents, retreatants, and practitioners involved in the project.
Initially, the priority will be to install a Temple for the practice, and spaces for permanent residents, as well as for the reception of occasional residents and users.
In addition, an ecumenical temple, open to all, and spaces for personal retreats are also planned in the design of this project.
And in order to guarantee the greatest possible autonomy in the long term, we plan to install water reserves, a vegetable garden and orchards.
A PLACE TO LIVE...
AND TO WELCOME PEOPLE
the different formulas
In addition to the permanent residents, the welcome and the life in the place will be done according to different modalities:
- People who need a break from their daily lives will be able to come for an OPEN STAY, for a period of 3 to 7 days, in order to benefit from the spiritual atmosphere of the place, the calm, the withdrawal from the usual activities, the reflection, and the possible meeting with the spiritual leader.
The open stays will be accessible to all. They will offer the possibility of participating or not in the activities of the Community.
- Practitioners or non-practitioner will be able to come and SHARE THE DAILY LIFE OF THE COMMUNITY, for a week or several months.
Example of a day with the Community below
- Practitioners will be able to come for a week for a COMMON PRACTICE (Chenresig, Preliminaries, Shine...).
The week will be divided into a weekend of teaching on the practice, followed by five days dedicated to the practice itself. It will also be possible to participate only in the teaching, or, for those who already know the practice, only in the days of practice.
Example of a joint practice day below
- Practitioners will be able to come to spend a week to several months on PERSONAL RETREAT, subject to the agreement of their Lama-root and a prior meeting with Lama Damchö Njima.
- Practitioners who are advanced on the Path will be able to engage in an INTENSIVE COMMON PRACTICE (Nyoung-Ne, Chenrezig retreat, Preliminaries, Shine), for a period of 2 days to several weeks.
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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