Monastic Academy

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The Monastic Academy is a non-profit working to mend our fractured world through mindfulness, ethics, and friendship.

About: The Monastic Academy for the Preservation of Life on Earth (MAPLE) is a training center dedicated to creating wise, powerful, and loving leaders who are an unstoppable force for social and environmental peace on Earth. Learn more about our work and life at the Monastic Academy by joining our mailing list, where we share dharma talks, retreat opportunities, and more.

The Monastic Academy is an unusual and groundbreaking organization that brings the power of education and non-profit skills together with the wisdom and compassion of a monastery. By combining a deep and rigorous training aimed at classical enlightenment with the tools to effect societal change, we cultivate wise, powerful, and loving leaders who are an unstoppable force for social and environmental peace on Earth. We are a residential, non-profit, contemplative training center. Each day is a mixture of dedicated contemplative practice, non-profit work, relational skill-building, buildings and grounds maintenance, and community involvement. We start early, end late, and work six days a week, year-round.

What’s the Problem? Our environmental and social ecosystems are in peril. From social inequality to biodiversity loss, from the loneliness epidemic to global warming, it has become increasingly clear that our current way of doing things is unsustainable. We have become that which is destroying the world, and we are falling victim to our own greed. The consequences are vast, and the risks existential.

What’s the solution? First, we must be willing to believe there is a way forward. Only then do we become willing to change our lives. There is a way to live that acknowledges our deep interconnectedness and refuses to sacrifice long-term sustainability for short-term gain. This takes courage, determination, and love. It requires us to look at and overcome the seeds of hatred, greed, and ignorance rooted in our minds through diligent and continuous practice.

Addressing existential risk through realizing enlightenment. Realizing enlightenment through addressing existential risk.

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