Envisioned Use of Maitreya Pure Land
Maitreya Pure Land (MPL) is part of three FPMT properties that, together, form a triangle just east of the picturesque commune of Lavaur in southern France. The three are conveniently situated quite close to each other, within a distance of only 4-8 miles (5-10 km). Everyone is most welcome to visit any or all of the sites, with those wishing to stay overnight expected to observe the monastic guidelines set forth by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Below are the names, locations, and restrictions (if any) of each site.
1. The first point – Nalanda Monastery, is situated in the village of Labastide-Saint-Georges. Both men and women are welcome during the day. However, only men are permitted to stay overnight as Nalanda is a monks’ residence. Exceptions are made during organized group retreats when women have the option of staying in a female-only residence near the retreat site. Although yet to be confirmed, the same exception might also apply at Maitreya Pure Land.
2. The second point – Institute Vajra Yogini, is a Dharma Center located in the village of Marzens. It is a mixed facility, meaning its doors are open day and night to both men and women.
3. Finally, the third point – Dorje Pamo Monastery, is located in the village of Fiac. Being a nunnery, only women are allowed to stay overnight, whereas both men and women are welcome during the day. The resident nuns have been working hard to improve this facility with the Nalanda monks lending a helping hand when needed.