This page offers a guide to ‘Starting and Sustaining a Residential Buddhist Community’ for anyone in the Triratna Buddhist Community thinking to start a residential community, or already living in one. It includes practical advice, inspirational material and Dharma resources; also ideas that may help in times of difficulty. It’s a collaborative effort between members of the Triratna Development team, and people from Triratna’s Young Buddhists Sangha.

Click here to download it: Triratna_Resource_Pack_starting_a_community. It is also available in a booklet form here.

Tenancy agreeement
The LBC uses an Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement for those living in its communities; you can download a blank version of it it here. There is a schedule of responsibilities and duties available here.

Community Budgets
A spreadsheet for developing a Budget for your community is available on Google Docs. It can be used to create a budget and do your bookkeeping. It’s accessible at best is probably to take a copy of it and enter your figures and generally adjust it to reflect your situation.

Ethos Statement
The LBC has developed an ‘Ethos Statement’ for its communities; you can download it here.

Other working papers connected with managing communities have been developed by the LBC, which may be available on request – please contact Lokabandhu if you are interested. These include an overview of community financing, a schedule of responsibility for various maintenance expenses, etc.

HMO issues

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