Addressing existential risk
through realizing enlightenment.
Realizing enlightenment through addressing existential risk.
Sit with us for one of our regular week-long silent retreats, or join for one of our many special events offered year-round.
Train at MAPLE
Apply to join our training program for up to 3 months. Live, work, and meditate with a loving monastic community. Discover insight through service.
Come for a few hours, a few weeks, or a few months—contribute as a service guest, join as a short-term co-working guest, or stay for a few months as a residential member.
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 Monastic Academy by joining our mailing list, where we share dharma talks, retreat opportunities, and more.
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“This October, two of our dear community members, Ānanda and Maitrī, were married in front of their friends and family, with Soryu officiating and the MAPLE residents in attendance. Ānanda and Maitrī have both been apprentices at MAPLE. Ānanda now works for us as our groundskeeper and administrator, and both are
transitioning into MAPLE villagers.
We are overjoyed to celebrate with them.”
— Peter Xūramitra Park,
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
Years of Training
Hours of Meditation
average per resident, per month
in Vermont and Ontario