Buddhist Retirement at DBZ


As Buddhist teachers and Sangha members age, several of us have been envisioning the construction of a new building at Dai Bosatsu Zendo to serve as a Dharma retirement community. The main structure would be geo-thermally heated and solar-powered, with spaces for the wellness activities and workshops currently offered through the monastery’s Open Space program, private rooms and communal spaces, and several small cottages nearby.

Although we’re thinking in terms of independent living rather than assisted care, a medical professional would be on staff. Centered around a strong meditation practice, the community would be geared toward those who wish to engage in the beauty of DBZ’s vast outdoors, age gracefully with mutual support, and encounter death as a natural process, rather than resorting to prolonged medical intervention. Elders and younger DBZ trainees would interact regularly: teachers would offer their wisdom through formal Dharma talks and informal reminiscences, and students would offer their enthusiasm and care. The Great Matter of life/death would be investigated by all as the daily koan it is.

We’ve already met with the directors of the New York Zen Community for Contemplative Care, and we know that plans for intentional Buddhist elders’ communities are currently under consideration at San Francisco Zen Center and Dharma Rain in Portland, OR.

This is an idea whose time has come. Just the other day, a survey was sent to us by an organization called Buddhaville. Although they, too, are focusing on possible sites in the Western United States, their vision converges with ours, and we shared ideas and descriptions of the DBZ site and practice with them in a conference call. Please consider filling out their survey through this link. Roshi is looking forward to hearing back from you personally as we continue to explore this.

Date: 
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 - 1:08am - Thu, Sep 1, 2016 - 12:00am
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Survey link is given in text.
Program fee: 
None