Cette nouvelle rubrique va revenir régulièrement ces prochains mois dans les « Nouvelles de Montchardon », pour tenir informés celles et ceux qui s’intéressent à la progression de cette construction.

Nous rappelons que la totalité du chantier sera assurée par des entreprises, sélectionnées sur devis par l’architecte qui assure également la coordination et la maîtrise d’œuvre. Le coordinateur connait ces entreprises et les a recommandées pour leur sérieux et la qualité de leur travail.

Contrairement aux habitudes de Montchardon, les résidents et bénévoles n’interviendront pas cette fois-ci dans la réalisation du bâtiment, pour plusieurs raisons :

  • Le bâtiment est classé « établissement recevant du public » : sa construction doit être supervisée et validée par un bureau de contrôle, qui ne peut intervenir que si les travaux sont réalisés par des entreprises qualifiées.
  • Nous n’avons pas actuellement une équipe de résidents suffisante pour encadrer une telle réalisation.
  • Lama Teunsang a souhaité que ce bâtiment soit fait dans les meilleurs délais, ce qui implique l’intervention d’entreprises.

La maçonnerie est assurée par une entreprise locale, basée à Vinay, qui avait déjà construit le bâtiment C, il y a 32 ans. Une équipe de 5 maçons a commencé début septembre et avance très vite dans la réalisation des fondations et du sous-sol / rez-de-jardin. Les murs de ce niveau viennent d’être achevés. Cette étape est importante : établir les fondations et sortir un bâtiment du sol sont les parties les plus compliquées d’une construction, durant lesquelles il faut incorporer les différents réseaux d’adductions et d’évacuation (eaux, électricité, gaz, chauffage, égouts, eaux pluviales …).

Les murs sont en béton armé au sous-sol et seront en briques dans les autres étages. Petite particularité : le mur extérieur du sous-sol coté vallée a été fait en béton coffré avec un moule, qui imprime le dessin d’un mur de pierre (voir photo ci-dessous). Cette astuce architecturale rappelle le grand mur de pierre qui soutenait la terrasse à l’endroit où ce bâtiment est construit. Il permet dans le même temps de diminuer visuellement cette immense façade, haute de quatre niveaux. Le gros-œuvre (maçonnerie et charpente/couverture) devrait être terminé fin décembre, si la météo est suffisamment clémente.  

Comment soutenir le projet

Nous avons créé une page qui explique comment le projet va être financé et comment vous pouvez le soutenir

This new section will be coming back regularly over the next few months in the “Nouvelles de Montchardon”, to inform those interested in how the construction progresses.

We would like to remind you that the entire construction will be carried out by companies selected on the basis of an estimate by the architect, who will also be responsible for coordinating and managing the work. The coordinator knows these companies and has recommended them for their seriousness and the quality of their work.

Contrary to Montchardon’s usual practice, residents and volunteers will not be involved in constructing the building this time, for several reasons:

  • The building is classified as an “establishment receiving the public”: its construction must be supervised and validated by a control office, which can only intervene if the work is carried out by qualified companies.
  • We do not currently have a sufficient team of residents to supervise such a project.
  • Lama Teunsang wanted this building to be done as soon as possible, which requires the intervention of companies.

The masonry work is being carried out by a local company, based in Vinay, which had already built Building C, 32 years ago. A team of 5 masons started work at the beginning of September and is progressing very quickly with the foundations and the basement / garden level. The walls on this level have just been completed. This is an important step: laying the foundations and raising a building off the ground are the most complicated parts of a construction, during which the various supply and drainage networks (water, electricity, gas, heating, sewerage, rainwater, etc.) must be incorporated.

The walls are made of reinforced concrete in the basement and will be made of bricks in the other floors. A small particularity is that the outer wall of the basement on the valley side has been moulded out of concrete, imprinted with the design of a stone wall (see photo below). This architectural trick is reminiscent of the large stone wall that supported the terrace where this building is built. At the same time, it allows this immense façade, four storeys high, to be visually diminished. The shell work (masonry and framework/roofing) should be completed by the end of December, if the weather is sufficiently mild.

How to support the project

We have created a page that explains how the project will be funded and how you can support it.

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 ".