To understand the idea of a Vegan Ashram, some definitions must first be offered.
“Vegan Sacred Space” can be a private location within a person or physically manifesting outside a person. A vegan who lives with carnivores might have a shelf in a closet with prayer beads and a picture of their favorite Deity, and this is that person’s sacred space which reflects a place in that person’s heart.
A “Vegan Temple” is where one practices their Vegan Tantra either alone and/ or with a select few if it is a ‘Private Vegan Temple’ or with others if it is a ‘Public Vegan Temple.’ It can be a room in a house or a commercial building dedicated for this use. This is a larger more defined form of a Vegan Sacred Space. If this is a non-religious space for things such as Vegan Political Action Groups or Vegan Business Meetings then it is called a “Vegan Meeting Room, a Vegan Office or a Vegan Meeting House.”
When vegan people share a residence for the purposes of fulfilling a vegan goal or practicing a vegan study, this is called “Vegan Intentional Living.” A group of Vegan Nutritionists or students trying to get Masters degrees in the same field of Vegan Studies or a group of people in a new city opening a new Vegan Restaurant might share a rental to accomplish their same goals together.
When there is a building that is used for vegan people of intentional living but it is a transitory group of vegan travelers who stay there off and on impermanently when they are in town, this is called a “Vegan Vihara.” Originally the term vihara was used by Buddhist Monks who would stay in such places for the rainy season temporarily. Today we have timeshares which are similar but they lack the shared value system. Members of a Vegan Vihara usually met at or share the same Vegan Ashram. One sees this often in big cities like NYC.
A “Vegan Ashram” is where people gather to live on a more permanent basis to learn a Vegan Tantra, perhaps months or years. Vegan Ashrams are typically in beautiful rustic country settings because they are like a retreat compound. One may leave the Ashram at any time and return later or not, but the intentional living of an Ashram is of the deepest dedication often involving temporary vows or pledges. An Ashram is a retreat house for education and ultimately a place to stay if one wishes to be an educator at the Ashram.
We need every vegan to establish their sacred space as a location of personal regeneration and from where to teach the Vegan Way of Being.
When enough vegans have established their sacred spaces, some of them might conjoin in a vegan business venture and choose to establish a Vegan Intentional Living situation which can then also serve to entertain fellow vegans who have established their sacred spaces and to educate pre-vegans on how to Go Vegan.
When enough Vegan Intentional Living places exist, a Vegan Temple, a vegan meeting house or a Vegan Vihara can be established.
When enough Vegan Temples and Vegan Viharas exist in the city, a Vegan Ashram in the country can be built.
This is how we can build a strong Vegan Culture, a large Vegan Political Movement, build more vegan businesses and restaurants, and establish Vegan Religions and Vegan Tantras that unite all the vegans. By doing this, there will be more vegan places to go in the city and the country for work and vacation which only enriches all our lives.
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