Everyday living at the PLLCA merges the two disciplines of learning and cultivation.
What we learn in the lecture hall, lessons on respecting elders and caring for those
who are younger, morality and trustworthiness, and causality and wisdom, are practiced
throughout daily life. As are the tranquility, discipline, and concentration developed
in the cultivation hall.
Whether attending lectures, chanting, eating in the dining hall, or spending time
in the dormitories, respecting fellow residents as well our neighbors and working
on individual cultivation pervade all activities. Respecting our neighbors also extends
to animals and insects. All meals are vegetarian and many of the vegetables and a
good variety of fruit are grown at our two organic gardens.
As a non-distracting environment is more conducive to the PLLCA goals, residents
follow guidelines. Other than walking to and from the off-campus dormitories, taking
a short walk around the neighborhood, or attending special activities, residents
remain on the college property. Talking in the public areas and in the dormitories
is limited and conversation is focused on PLLCA activities. There are no televisions
or newspapers, but some computers are provided so students may do research, or just
check to see that everything is okay at home.
While many people attend as students from both within Australia and abroad, a good
number of Australians come to help support the teachers and students. They help with
cooking, gardening, maintenance, transportation, assisting at special events—whatever
they can do to provide the services necessary to keep a small community functioning
Whether teacher, student, or worker, all residents strive to support one another
in the shared goal of providing a good environment for cultivation and the training
of future propagators of Buddhism.