The MAPLE Village

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

“It Takes a Village”

We’re growing a village on the land, a close knit community of spiritual practitioners from different traditions who want to support and be supported by the monastic training we do here.

Interested in making the Monastic Academy your home?

Everything that happens, happens in relationship.


The training at MAPLE emphasizes the deep value of community and friendship in walking the spiritual path, and so we’re building a village inviting practitioners who want to benefit from MAPLE’s unique ecology of practices, world-class meditation instruction, and loving community without the intensive demands of our residential training program.

Villagers would participate in the community with an open invitation to our daily schedule, and in turn would bring the richness of their own lives and practices to share with current monastics. Traditionally, those who give their lives to undergo this training, to be of maximum benefit to the world, are supported with the requisites of life by lay people who work to accrue resources in the world. This age-old conjoint relationship offers practicality as well as mutual benefit. Given the state of the world today, a return to small local communities and deep spiritual practice founded in ethics is of utmost importance.

We are committed to living in a way that supports the flourishing of life on earth and to learning to love all that we have turned away from. We are committed to the flourishing of this community, even when times get tough. And, as members of this community, we are committed to disagreeing without leaving, to a deep recognition of our interconnectedness, and to the everyday realities of truly caring for and being cared for by others.

This MAPLE Village is a pivotal step forward from a monastic-only training to a living model for a community, culture, and economy based on spiritual insight, connection, and trustworthiness for the benefit of all beings.

We hope to hear from those who are called forth by these commitments.

Village Logistics

 

  • Up to ten plots currently available for lease.
  • Lease land from MAPLE and build your own house (one or two bedrooms with possible exceptions).
  • Enjoy benefits of MAPLE by participating in Meals, Meditations, Retreats, Nature Trails, Community, Gardens, etc.
  • Set your own pace for involvement in intensive structure, benefiting from the offerings without the requirements of residential training.
  • One-time lease payment starting at $100,000.
  • All services included in the monthly fee to cover community meals, programs, most utilities, road maintenance, lawn mowing, garbage collection, compost/recycling, snow plow, etc.
  • Right to sell your house and plot-lease to a new buyer contingent on MAPLE’s approval of the buyer as a compatible fit.
  • Future plans include gardens, a primary school, and mission-adjacent organizations.
  • Rules and guidelines created in discussion with fellow villagers and MAPLE.
  • No RVs, trailers, tiny houses, or other temporary structures at this time.

Site plans do not represent final village design

Should I be a Villager?

 We’re looking for villagers with a stable income who can provide a full lease payment, who are dedicated to life-long practice, and who have a sincere desire to live in community with the willingness to love even when you do not like. We’re looking for people who are eager to participate in our community and our practice offerings, have a pre-existing relationship with us, and abide by Right Livelihood (making money in an ethical and responsible way). In addition, you will have the opportunity to co-create a spiritual community with a monastic core as a model for a peaceful world.

As people move away from urban centers, record numbers are purchasing in rural Vermont. While we are most interested in partners to create this MAPLE Village, this investment can also be a wonderful financial opportunity. Join us in the continuation or MAPLE’s mission to train awakened leaders, and to be a part of the next phase of creating a global, trustworthy culture based on values of contentment and protecting life on earth.

Current Status

We haven’t laid down the pipes yet, but we do have our first committed family and many more have expressed keen interest. We have already filed the applications for state approval and permitting for the first family home, which are pending right now.

 

Interested in making MAPLE your home?