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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Help Build Blue Cliff Monastery

I received a letter today saying that Thich Nhat Hanh's Unified Buddhist Church and Plum Village monastery are announcing that they are purchasing land for a new monastery in the Walker Valley of Ulster County, New York, in the USA.

This monastery is much needed as the UBC has no monastery on the East Coast and will serve 28 sanghas in New York alone.

The property is 80 acres, 65 of which are forest. How peaceful that will be for walking meditation!!! The land was formerly used as a conference and retreat center. There is a forest, creek (would love to meditate next to the creek) and two small ponds (two other great places to meditate or just contemplate). In includes 13 buildings with 35 rooms. Each room can accommodate 4-6 people with a private bath. The dining room holds about 200 people.

The owner is selling it for the sum of $2,650,000 and the monastics have all but $450,000 of it and are asking for donations to help pay that off.

Thay has named the center Blue Cliff Monastery because on top of a hill it has magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and cliffs. The picture I've attached to this post is of the Trapps Cliffs and Clove Valley of the Mohank Preserve which is near the site of the monastery--I think.

This monastery will be a great place for East Coast practitioners within Thay's tradition of Zen Buddhism to attend retreat and days of mindfulness. Of course, those of different traditions, no tradition or non-Buddhists are allowed and encouraged to visit and attend the different monasteries and retreats offered by Thay and the monastics.

If you wish to donate to this wonderful project then you can send a check written to GMDC (or you can spell it out, Green Mountain Dharma Center). GMDC is a center under the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition located in Vermont.

Here is the address:

Unified Buddhist Church
P.O. Box 182
Hartland Four Corners, VT 05049

If you do not trust me that this is a legitimate project and do not wish to send your money without more verification and information then please contact:

Brother Phap Dang and Brother Phap Duyet at 802-457-9442


Sister Annabel - True Virtue at 802-436-1103

~Peace to all beings~

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robert said...

no monastery on the east coast? isn't Vermont on the east coast?

James said...

Yes it is, however, Maple Forest Monastery is not able to hold retreats. Where as the new Blue Cliff Monastery would be able to do so--much like the Deer Park Monastery in California.

Denise said...

Green Mountain Monastery is on the east coast and is affiliated with Plum Village. They hold regular retreats and days of mindulness and more. Still, as a person living outside of D.C., I am looking forward the a New York retreat center.

They call him James Ure said...

Denise, thanks for reminding me of GMDC.


Bev said...

According to the letter announcing the purchase of Blue Cliff Monastery, retreats can not be held at either Maple Forest or Green Mountain - they have to rent off-site venues.

I am excited about this new center and hoping to be able to visit next time I am in New York City.

Does anyone know when in June the OI and family retreats are scheduled?

They call him James Ure said...


I'm excited as well. It's always nice to see the sangha expand. I'm not sure of the schedule.

Anonymous said...

Pleasr forgive the Anonymous response. I don't have blogger accounts yet. I live in Washington DC. My wife and I are planning to attend the Mindfulness Retreat this August at Stonehill College. Does anyone know of a Zen center in Washington DC that is similar to, or in the tradition of, Green Mountain Monastery ?

They call him James Ure said...


I don't mind the anon comment. I personally do not know of any Zen sanghas in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition in DC but I'm sure you could find one from searching a bit on google. :)

Bud Reiter-Lavery said...

Washington DC has several sanghas in this tradition. Start with near Fairfax. Anh-Huong and Thu Nguyen are the dharma teachers there. Also, Stillwater is in Takoma Park and is led by Mitchel Ratner.

They call him James Ure said...


Thanks for passing on the info.

Rosh Rocheleau said...

Hi James, I just found your site on a google search. I'm looking for a Buddhist temple to help build and swing a hammer at. In a place to give some months or more of my life to going deeper while helping. Any suggestions? National and International temples in contruction/needing help. Place's I could live/work trade. THanks Rosh

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