Les nouvelles du chantier

Voici quelques nouvelles sur l’avancement des travaux de construction du nouveau bâtiment

Les maçons ont repris le travail courant février, après la neige abondante de janvier. L’étage du temple de Nyoung Né est terminé. Vous pouvez voir sur les photos le volume de ce nouvel espace, qui s’étend sur 200m2 de surface au sol. La dalle en béton qui constitue le plafond du temple et le sol du 1er étage est terminée, les murs en briques de ce niveau commencent à monter.

L’entreprise de maçonnerie a pris un retard important sur le planning initial, principalement à cause des mauvaises conditions météo de cet hiver. Bien décidé à diminuer ce retard, le responsable de l’entreprise a décidé de renforcer l’équipe habituelle des 4 maçons qui travaillent sur le chantier, avec un groupe de 4 ou 5 compagnons supplémentaires qui aident ponctuellement durant les phases de construction qui demandent de la main d’œuvre. Ainsi, l’entreprise espère finir le chantier maçonnerie fin avril pour laisser la place au charpentier. Il reste à finir les murs du 1er étage, la dalle qui soutient le second niveau et les murs du 2ème étage. A ce moment-là, le charpentier pourra intervenir, pendant que les maçons finiront les deux escaliers et les abords. Le bâtiment devrait donc évoluer rapidement ces prochains temps.
L’entreprise de menuiserie extérieure a commencé à poser les fenêtres du rez-de-jardin. Elles seront ensuite protégées jusqu’à la fin du chantier du gros œuvre (maçonnerie / charpente).

Initialement prévu à la fin de l’été, le bâtiment devrait être livré au cours de l’automne 2021.
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News from the construction site

We share some news on the progress of the construction of the new building.
The masons resumed work in February, after heavy snow in January. The first floor of the Nyung Ne temple is finished. You can see on the pictures the volume of this new space, which covers 200m2 of floor space. The concrete slab that forms the ceiling of the temple and the floor of the next floor is finished, and the brick walls of this level are starting to go up.

The masonry company has fallen well behind the original schedule, mainly due to bad weather this winter. In order to reduce the delay, the company manager has decided to reinforce the usual team of 4 masons working on site, with a group of 4 or 5 additional workers who will help punctually during the labour-intensive phases of construction. The company hopes to finish the masonry work at the end of April, to make room for the carpenter. The walls of the first floor, the slab supporting the second floor and the walls of the second floor still need to be finished. At that point, the carpenter will be able to work, while the masons will finish the two staircases and the surroundings. The building should therefore evolve rapidly over the next few months.
The exterior carpentry company has started to install the windows on the garden level. They will then be protected until the end of the structural work (masonry/framework).

Initially planned for the end of the summer, the building should be delivered in the autumn of 2021.

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Vigilance COVID at Montchardon

The programme now takes place under special circumstances, since the Centre may resume its activities provided that the health rules are strictly observed.

The conditions of participation imply strict compliance with the barrier measures, whether for practices or courses.

Here is how we will organize ourselves.
For places of worship such as Montchardon, the rules set by the State are as follows:

  • - upon arrival at the Centre, the trainee must not be ill or show symptoms of the virus.
  •  obligation to maintain a distance of 1m around oneself, in the temple, in the refectory and when moving around the Centre,
  • - mandatory wearing of a protective mask in :
    •   - the temple: permanently during the teachings and daily collective practices.
    •   - the refectory: from the entrance to the moment of sitting down and if you get up to get a drink or to go out.
    •   - all other situations: as soon as it is difficult to maintain distance from others,
  • - hand washing with hydro-alcoholic gel at the entrance and exit of the temple and refectory, every time you enter the self-service area and on all occasions when you have to touch a collective object.
  • - An identifiable member of the administration will be responsible for the entry and exit phases of the prayer area to ensure that the rules are respected.

If you are unable or unwilling to follow these guidelines, we ask that you do not come to the Centre while these rules are in effect. The same applies, of course, if you are ill or have symptoms of the virus.

About Lama Teunsang

It is essential to protect Lama Teunsang whose immunity is compromised, making him extremely vulnerable to infection, and the people at the centre are in daily contact with him for meals and care. This also means that it is not appropriate to return to Lama Teunsang's home to greet him. For the compelling reasons mentioned above, he currently only receives those who care for his health.

No offering of kata to Lama Teunsang
It is asked to stay away from him, at least 1m and not to offer him a kata.
This use, so much appreciated by all of us, is currently suspended during the Covid period, to preserve its still fragile health.

Individual interview with Lama Teunsang
We asked Lama Teunsang about personal interviews. He does not wish to resume them for the time being. We will inform you of their resumption when he tells us so.
However, it is possible to request an interview with one of the Lamas of Montchardon. See with the translator.

In brief

Access to the temple will be limited to 80 people to respect sanitary distances. For accommodation, the rooms with several people will become individual accommodation, except for couples or families. The number of dormitory places will be reduced to space between beds. We will thus be able to accommodate about 80 people. The campsite will be open, the installation of the tents will have to follow the same instructions. We will have disinfecting liquids in all the places where it is necessary.

We would like to remind you:

  • - on the one hand, failure to respect the rules could lead to the closure of the Centre and legal proceedings.
  • - on the other hand, we have a moral obligation to protect ourselves and others from a potentially dangerous disease, especially since we live in collective premises.

As Buddhist practitioners, the constraints of masks, social distances and frequent hand washing can be integrated into our practice, as a constant training for vigilance and support of attention in our daily actions. It is also a great opportunity to practice the awakening mind, the altruistic attitude: "I commit myself to make this effort, thinking more about the well-being and health of others than about my own inconvenience". These are the skillful means of Dharma called " integrating unpleasantness into the path ".