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Founding a Forest Monestary

Postby mpcahn » Sun Jan 15, 2012 2:28 am

I live in Boulder Colorado and there is a large insight community here. I follow the teachings of Thai forest masters and have read the stories of some of the monasteries founded in Australia, the UK and in California. I was wondering what actions I could take to help create the conditions for a forest monastery in Colorado.
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Re: Founding a Forest Monestary

Postby Ben » Sun Jan 15, 2012 2:35 am

Considering that there is a large insight meditation community in around Boulder, perhaps there is a group that meets regularly who is associated with the Ajahn Chah lineage in Thailand. In which case I recommend that you get involved with the group who may already have plans to build a local centre or monastery. If there is no local group for your tradition you may wish to host a weekly get-together for group meditation. This would be a valuable way to support your co-practitioners and develop the necessary ground-base for a monastery years or decades down the track.
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Re: Founding a Forest Monestary

Postby Goofaholix » Sun Jan 15, 2012 2:45 am

mpcahn wrote:I live in Boulder Colorado and there is a large insight community here. I follow the teachings of Thai forest masters and have read the stories of some of the monasteries founded in Australia, the UK and in California. I was wondering what actions I could take to help create the conditions for a forest monastery in Colorado.


I guess the first step is to find people willing to invest in a large plot of forested land, the second to find such a suitable plot for sale.
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Re: Founding a Forest Monestary

Postby cittaanurakkho » Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:17 am

I believe recently there is a branch of Lungta Maha Boowa forrest monastery opening in Parker Colorado. Check out the latest edition of Nanfa the tiger magazine.
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Re: Founding a Forest Monestary

Postby yamaka » Thu May 17, 2012 1:00 am

Another best option is to invite a Thai forest monk to lead the monastery upon the formation of the monastery. :juggling:
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Re: Founding a Forest Monestary

Postby pilgrim » Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:08 pm

Latest news of New monasteries in USA

Forest Dhamma monastery ( Ajahn Dick Silaratano)
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 060&type=1

Jeta Grove (Ajahn Jayanto)
http://forestmonastery.org/news/

Wat Pa Colorado Luangta Maha Boowa Yannasampanno
http://www.watpacolorado.com/watpaco/home_eng.html
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Re: Founding a Forest Monestary

Postby pilgrim » Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:17 am

pilgrim wrote:Latest news of New monasteries in USA

Forest Dhamma monastery ( Ajahn Dick Silaratano)
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 060&type=1
http://www.forestdhamma.org/about/

Jeta Grove (Ajahn Jayanto)
http://forestmonastery.org/news/

Wat Pa Colorado Luangta Maha Boowa Yannasampanno
http://www.watpacolorado.com/watpaco/home_eng.html


I just checked out the 3 websites above. Jeta Grove seems to be coming along and monks will be taking residence this summer. The other 2 websites have not been updated for more than a year. Just wondering if anyone has more recent news about them..
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Re: Founding a Forest Monestary

Postby Monkey Mind » Sat Jan 25, 2014 2:18 pm

Invite a small group of monks to come stay for a rains season (summer). The initial facilities could be rented. But that would give your group an opportunity to test the waters, i.e. is there really enough support to maintain a monastic community. If so, plan to do the same the following year (rains season and rented facilities), but form a committee to start the land search and capitol campaign for a permanent monastery. Also, once you have monks on the ground there, they will be a big help in the planning.

In the meantime, invite monastics to come and teach for a weekend or short event. Repeat often. When your community has exposure to monastics, the desire to establish a continued presence will spread like wildfire.
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Re: Founding a Forest Monestary

Postby Monkey Mind » Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:30 pm

I skipped the obvious bit. Form a non-profit early, with the mission to invite monastics to teach in Colorado. When you get to the stage when you are ready to make a land deal, banks and lenders will want to see that you have a large support network of donors, especially people who pledge monthly donations. Both large and small donors will be needed, but generally speaking 100 people who pledge $10 a month is better than two people who pledge $500 a month.
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