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Vision

 

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
– Arundhati Roy

 

Envision a world in which monastic leadership training exists as an alternative to higher education.

The Center for Mindful Learning is an unusual and groundbreaking organization that brings the power of education and business skills together with the wisdom and compassion of a monastery.

It provides deep and rigorous training aimed at classical enlightenment and gives tools to bring that enlightenment forth in programs aimed at the promotion of social and environmental justice and the flourishing of life.

 

“Our vow is to create a world in which the powerful are awake, and the awakened have power.”
– Soryu Forall

 

By bringing together authenticity and compassion with real world business skills we aim to transform the economy sufficiently to bring about social and environmental peace on Earth.

To achieve this enormous goal we created the Monastic Academy. This center, the first of it’s kind, is designed to train leaders capable of making this dream a reality.

And this is just the beginning. We plan on opening many more such centers, each specializing in a specific facet of bringing contemplative practice to life.

 

California Center Coming Soon

With the help of a team of trusted donors and advisors, we’ve already raised over $1.5 million dollars to establish a second training center in the San Francisco area.

This center will feature programs and trainings designed to enhance the work of entrepreneurs and startups through intensive mindfulness training.

 

Live Your Vow

True human flourishing happens when you live in accordance with your vow.

A vow is your deepest commitment to be of service to all living beings in the way that is uniquely yours.

When you are motivated by your vow you take action based on love for the world.

In this space, there is no conflict between personal motivation and the world’s well-being. To live in alignment with our vow is to live a life that is simultaneously authentic and kind.

 

The vision of the Monastic Academy is to provide a space in which to actualize your vow.

 

In practical terms, this means giving residents time to pursue personal projects motivated by their love for the world. The deeper the insight and the more potent the project the more time will be given.

Eventually, if the project is promising, the Monastic Academy and the Center for Mindful Learning will connect residents with donors and advisors who will empower the project to leave the confines of the center and transform the world.

Think of it like a vow accelerator for your yet to be discovered life’s work.

The world desperately needs awakened leaders.

Will you answer the call?

Coworking Program

Is a year long residency too much? Learn how to integrate mindfulness and your work together within a supportive community with our monthlong coworking program.