starter wrote:Hi Probably Hermitage isn't the right word. I mean more a society or center, where lay practitioners live and practice together. They only need to follow the Buddha's teachings for lay practitioners.
Wind wrote:Yea. I have thought about that idea too. I would definitely join. But I would prefer it to have more individuality than to have the board rule over everyone and set the rules. I prefer more freedom. In China, there is a mountain where hermit monks would go and set up residence, most of the monks there live a very secluded life but they are still part of community of hermit monks. That is the type of system I want with a lay hermitage. Just a bunch of retired Buddhist lay follower who decides to live close in proximity to each other and to a monastery. Everyone will learn to be self-sufficient while still helping out the neighbors when they are in need. A community that is structure together through compassion and loving-kindness instead of rules. This system will allow everyone to fully devote to their practice without the burden of social tasks and long periods of total isolation is also possible since everyone will be providing for themselves.
Will wrote:A few already exist on the grounds of an existing temple complex. Also many retreat centers will let one stay for extended periods, if you are qualified. But many more would be good, provided these are used by folks 60+ who are retired. I worry that support for monastics might be ignored if these centers are set up apart from any connection to any existing temple or lineage.
I have been the moderator of BuCoHo since 2001. In that time it has grown to 211 members but has not yet produced a Buddhist Cohousing Community. It takes a core group of 5 fire starters to get going and 25 or more sustainers to finish. I know you are on the list but just don't know how to meet.
To that end I am turning over the management of BuCoHo to Raines Cohen.
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