JimR wrote:I would rather just join an existing monastery but there doesn't seem to be many around in the USA (Thai Forest Tradition).
Abhyagiri (Northern California)
Wat Metta (Southern California)
Justsit wrote:Buying the land is the easy part. Realistically, start up costs for what you are describing are crazy high, not to mention a whole load of work. If you've never done construction, the $ amounts can be a big shock, and physical labor is tough, especially if you're not used to it. You'd do better to buy an old camp that already has working systems in place.
JimR wrote:Thank you for the reality check.
I know it would be hard to pull off.
Buying an existing structure on a large amount of land is probably a little more feasible. Every once in a while there are 'retreat' type facilities that come for sale; some that are former Catholic monasteries, Protestant retreat centers, etc. They are usually in forested areas not too close to any city. By acquiring an existing facility, the utilities are usually already there, buildings are already there, sometimes even a large hall that can be made a meditation center, dorms, etc. If ten people each contributed $100,000 that would buy a $1 million place. Okay, maybe not too feasible either . . . but probably a better chance than starting completely from scratch. The problem is that people who have that kind of money are typically already entrenched in some area with a career, family, maybe a spouse attending university or something else holding them to a certain place, not able to make such a big move.