I am thinking about initiating a Buddhist center.
The core vision is to create a center that:
- Follows the Theravada Thai Forest’s strict tradition’s philosophy
- Follows a big part of the Vinaya (the non-repetitive, non-discriminative).
- Secular. No worship, no statues, no devas, no chanting, etc.
- Daily training routine of studying, working, and practicing
- Open freely to the public at almost any time
- Accepts everyone altogether: straight, LGBTQ, black, white, woman, man, etc.
- Close to a metropolitan
Which aims to be a hybridization of a Monastery and a Center. One that takes seriously education and practice while maintaining its availability to all people at all times.
- What do you think about the idea? Do you have any hard questions to tackle me with?
- Do you think there should also be a residential place? It is not an easy call because a residential place requires much more finances, space, accommodation, a kitchen, bathrooms, infrastructure, the ability to resolve conflicts between residents, approvals, and, generally, much more work. The advantage is, of course, that it allows people to come for two weeks, to deepen much more their practice (which is the main goal of the center), and to allow a continuous stream of volunteers to help in the center.
- Two things are needed for this to happen: Initial resources and Continuous resources. The initial main resources are land and construction, or already-made buildings. The continuous resources are electricity, taxes, and insurance. Everything is, of course, dependent on the answer to question 2.
- For the initial resources, I thought about crowdfunding, but unfortunately, I don’t believe that it will be possible to generate enough finances like that. I thought about approaching municipalities with this idea and having them invest in it. I also thought about approaching big charities or big donors to get the initial resources from them. Moreover, I thought about approaching landowners and asking them to use the land or buy it cheaply. What do you think about those ideas? Do you have another approach for that?
- For continuous resources, I thought about utilizing crowdfunding and platforms like Patreon. It may work, but it has a lot of fluctuations, which can create uncertainty about the future of the center at any given time. I don’t want the center to consume money from people, but maybe there can be some business model for it to keep it financially stable. What do you think? Do you have any ideas?
- As I currently live in Spain (relocated three months ago) and see the lack of a center like this here and the need for it, I aim to construct one here. What do you think about that? Do you have suggestions for other places, maybe more suitable for this?
I would love to hear what you think, and I would love to be approached by people who can help!