Le fonctionnement du centre repose sur l’esprit collectif et la bonne volonté de chacun

Dès le début du centre, ses fondateurs – Jean-Pierre Schnetzler et Lama Teunsang – ont insufflé des valeurs fondamentales qu’ils ont toujours incarné au quotidien. Ces notions essentielles, propres à l’altruisme du Bodhisattva et à l’esprit du Mahayana, sont celles de la générosité et du volontariat, du dévouement et du service à autrui. En découle un centre vu comme un bien commun dépendant de la responsabilité collective et dont le fonctionnement repose sur l’esprit collectif et la bonne volonté de chacun.

Tout au long de l’année, l’équipe des permanents bénévoles assume le fonctionnement du centre avec l’aide de pratiquants volontaires et l’aide des stagiaires qui offrent chaque jour une heure de leur temps pour accomplir les tâches quotidiennes.

Prendre soin de ce qui nous entoure

La vigilance particulière vis à vis de l’eau qui peut venir à manquer sur ce site n’est qu’une illustration de la conduite à adopter. Chacun devra est attentif au gaspillage des ressources matérielles sous toutes ses formes.
Les déchets font l’objet d’un tri sélectif classique. Nous compostons nos déchets alimentaires.
Plus généralement, il convient de prendre soin de ce qui nous entoure, les équipements et les locaux bien sûr, mais aussi les abords, et plus loin la forêt et la nature.

Activité quotidienne - bénévolat

Chaque personne présente en séjour doit participer à l’entretien quotidien du centre.
Une liste des tâches est prévue, et chacun s’y inscrit pour la période de son séjour.
Il s’agit essentiellement de taches ménagères, et selon la saison de l’entretien extérieur des abords (désherber, déneiger…)

En dehors des stages, les pratiquants peuvent séjourner au centre pour participer à des missions en rapport avec leurs compétences personnelles.

A propos du comportement

Les intoxicants de façon générale sont proscrits dans le centre.
Le centre est un lieu strictement non fumeur. Des espaces sont prévus sur le parking pour les inconditionnels du tabac.
Les téléphones seront coupés dans les espaces collectifs : Temple et ses abords, réfectoire et ses abords, dortoirs et autour des stupas.
La convivialité et le respect d’autrui doivent guider le comportement de chacun, la bienveillance étant un pas de plus dans la bonne direction.
Chacun veillera donc à ne pas gêner son entourage par son comportement, et notamment par le bruit : conversation, téléphone, mouvements d’objets…

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 ".