The Plain Buddhist Tent Village will be for those who wish to learn how to live in material simplicity and deep cooperative community through the teachings of the historical Buddha in a world marred by over-consumption and social fragmentation.
It will run from Saturday 4th July to Sunday 19th July on Purple Pear Farm, an organic farm in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Australia.
A gathering of around thirty Buddhists and Buddhist sympathisers of all ages will live together in tents for fifteen days to create a fully functional but temporary village run in accordance with Early Buddhist principles, under the guidance of an Early Buddhist monk, Jason Chan.
The Tent Village aims to empower participants with the real-life skills that make lives of material simplicity and deep cooperation possible in the long-term. Thus the Tent Village will be a mirror of ordinary life with adults working on the organic farm according to Buddhist cooperative principles, and children attending the village-home-school according to Buddhist educational principles.
The Tent Village is the first brushstroke for a bigger picture that includes the future establishment of Plain Buddhist Permaculture Villages, Plain Buddhist Permaculture Urban Cooperatives, Plain Buddhist Schools and a Plain Buddhist Micro-financial System in the Hunter Valley, Newcastle, Sydney region.
Participation is free.
We would like to raise $22,000 to cover Tent Village expenses. The breakdown is as follows:
$13,000 1 x 24ft teepee as a Dhamma Hall, classroom and meeting space
$7,000 14 days of organic groceries for 30 people
$2,000 Bits and pieces, odds and ends: public liability insurance, compost toilets, classroom materials, campaign costs, etc
The teepee, and most of the bits and pieces will also be used for future Tent Villages (we expect it to be annual event, at least) as well as other Dhamma-related activities.
direct contributions preferred
Paypal takes at least 2.6% out of every contribution. If you would like to avoid this, you can make your contribution via cheque, internet bank transfer, or cash deposit by:
1) Clicking on the "Contribute Directly" button and filling out the form;
2) Writing into the "How do you intend to transfer the contribution" field either "cheque" or "internet bank transfer" or "cash deposit". For internet bank transfers, the trustee account details are as follows (note that the account can accept payments in AUD only - for other currencies Paypal is recommended):
Bank: ING Direct
Name: Lionel Chan
SWIFT Code: INGBAU2S
We will send you an email to inform you about the other steps.
If you feel moved to give, please don't let a fulfilled target stop you. All funds raised in excess of our target, and all budgeted funds left-over after the completion of the Tent Village will be donated to:
1) This year's hosts -- Purple Pear Farm -- a small owner-operated Hunter Valley organic farm, to further progress in education about sustainable and regenerative farming and gardening practices -- something that we are very passionate about as a way of practising compassion, wisdom and renunciation in everyday life. 35%.
2) Shepherd's Ground -- a new intentional community plus organic farm starting up in the Hunter Valley, to help repay the debt they have undertaken for the purchase of their land. 60%.
3) Dana.io -- to help the lovely people behind this site keep on keeping on. 5%. (This is an additional contribution to dana.io, on top of the 3% from the total amount raised).
We will be relying on all three of these organisations in the future for advice when setting up Plain Buddhist Permaculture Villages. So please give generously.
not a donation to monks
The Buddha forbade his monks from receiving money.
All funds received for the Tent Village and all equipment bought for the Tent Village will become the trust property of the Tent Village Trustee, who is currently Bhante Jason's brother, Lionel Chan. The Trustee will ensure that all Tent Village funds will be used exclusively for this Tent Village or passed on as donations. The Trustee will also ensure that, after the Tent Village, all equipment is used only for future Tent Villages or other Dhamma-related activities. Please note that the word “Trustee” is used in an informal and Dhammic sense.
Please have a look at the FAQ below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
all photos courtesy of Tricia Hogbin