Addressing existential risk

by transforming the human mind


Come for a few hours or a few weeks—join us as a service guest, do your own work from the center as a co-working guest, or create your own personal retreat.


Sit with us for one of our regular week-long silent retreats, or join for one of our many special events offered year-round. 


Friends in the sunset

Our free apprenticeship program is designed to take you through an intense meditation training that gives you a rare set of skills and experiences for life.


Live in deep relationship with a modern Buddhist monastic community dedicated to awakening for the benefit of all beings.

upcoming events

What is the Monastic Academy?

The Monastic Academy for the Preservation of Life on Earth (MAPLE) is a training center dedicated to creating wise, powerful, and loving leaders who are an unstoppable force for social and environmental peace on Earth.

Learn more about our work and life at the monastery by joining our email newsletter, where we share dharma talks, retreat opportunities, and more.

“Seeing the shifts set in motion by climate change, adverse technological advances, and nuclear risk, we realize that the human mind is the root of most of the threats to life, not because of malice but because of ignorance.


Awakened leaders, those who have resolved the question of life and death and who have broken through to truth and compassion, will play a vital role in the transformation of societies, cultures, values, and economies.”

— Peter Xūramitra Park,

Executive Director

Read our quarterly report for more information about our Vermont and California locations, including:

Q&As with residents and apprentices

Our Mission and Vision

Upcoming Events

Expansion Plans

Financial Progress

“Not only an ideal training environment to discover true and lasting happiness but also to acquire the precious real world skills needed to live a life of purpose, meaning and engagement. This is the real deal.”

Daniel Thorson

Current Resident

“This has been a life-changing experience. I don’t know where I’d be without it. Being here has taught me how to be more myself. More than that, in this community I’ve discovered how to give and receive love.”

Denise Casey

Former Resident

“The Monastic Academy has helped me in many ways. Through the supportive community, a confidence has emerged deep within and I’ve transformed from a seed of hope into the rose blossom I’ve always thought was too good to be true.”

Rose Phillips

Former Resident

“The unique approach of balancing awakening and responsibility prepared me for life in ways other institutions simply cannot. The program gave me the skills of a great employee such as dependability, respectful communication, and diligence.”

Chris Adams

Former Resident

Years of Training

Awakened Leaders

Hours of Meditation

average per resident, per month


in Vermont, California, and Ontario