Included is a message sent to the old, still in existence on yahoo group. Thought I would pass it along here as well.
I have started to to feel that I have completely drifted away in my thinking from many of you. A year ago, I started circulating the ideas described now on the website. To my surprise very few, but some people had a few responses.
In a nutshell. Most people when it comes to the spirituality have this idea of despair in regards to their own efforts. Thus outer manifestations of thus efforts have to be super grand or none, never modest, or small or steady.
In another words anything short of building a grand temple / monastery for a rockstar status Lama will not do. While it is a perfect idea. It does not have to be the only one available. Many other spiritual traditions demonstrated to all of us (willing to see it as such) that it is possible to have something organized, built, on a modest budget with the foundation not in grand fundraising effort but rather in planning, responsability, sense of purpose and most importantly, participation of others.
Plan to start small, and stay cheap, so that no one is burdened with some huge tax bill, repair bill, some other huge bill.
Purpose is to have less financial burden and more focus on practice of Dharma.
Anyone should be able to participate, monks, nuns, families.
Hindu followers are known to have bought out whole towns and move in around their teachers in say north west of US. In Monroe area followers of many Jewish teachers founded whole towns, by moving in and building housing.
Most Buddhists contribute to construction of grand temples upstate and stay in the city, while temples remain empty.
The idea, move into area of an existing temple Upstate NY, not build one more.
Form a community platform along the lines of trailer park.
Starting step can be to in fact move into an existing trailer park in area of Binghamton.
Website to see more ideas on this: