New Oasis For Life ( Lifechanyuan China 1)

Lijiang City, Yunnan, China

  • Last updated: July 20, 2017 (3 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: September 7, 2011

Mission Statement

A. New Universal Values
In our community, we have a harmonious relationship between people and nature. Everyone enjoy a simple and happy life here, the instances of crimes and fights are zero. Arguments, quarrels, and conflicts are very rare.

This is because of the solid basis of the universal values we had built before the community was established. It was initiated and written by the founder Xuefeng, and since 2001, he has written more than 2500 articles with over 10 million words in Chinese. Before participating in setting up the community, all members are first resonating with the values, include the dream of creating a sustainable new life mode beyond the limits of countries, nationalities, religions, and races; and bringing people real happy, free, joyful, and blessed lives.

So this values system and the common dream are the deep roots and energy source that motivates all members of the New Oasis for Life under all circumstances.

The content of this Universal Values includes the origin of the universe, the origin of LIFE, the origin of human beings on earth, time, space, consciousness, the value, meaning and purpose of life and LIFE; the crises human beings are faced with, the nature of countries, political parties, religions, marriage and family; the non-material world, and the way of beautifying one’s soul garden etc. It absorbs the wonderful wisdoms of human history such as those of Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Muhammad, and all wisdom essences of sages and saints from different civilizations and cultures.

B. New Life Mode

We have created a new production and life mode. We share the income 100%, all resources are shared, everything belongs to the community, and there is no private property any more. Living, shelter, eating, clothes, transportation, aging, sickness, and death are all communal responsibilities, including nursing the elderly and educating the children.

Everyone works efficiently for at least six hours one day, everyone is mostly responsible for one job, and tries to achieve it to a first-class level. People serve and treat each other equally. Paradise management is implemented here as we believe the best management is no management. There is no management teams or leaders, there is no constitution, laws, statutes, commandments, or dharma. Each branch has only one director, whose role is to arrange and coordinate the branch’s daily production and activities.

C. New Social System
– One global government + university of universal values education + ecovillages lifestyle

We have a bold vision: the earth will enter into a new age where human beings will grow up to a higher level of consciousness and create a brand new social mode. Countries, political parties, religions, and traditional families will no longer exist; wars, conflicts, fights, and crimes will disappear, and all resources will be shared among people on earth. There is no private ownership any more. There will be a global government responsible for the whole management of administrative affairs on the earth, since there is no countries, political parties, traditional families any more, leaders of the global government will be chosen from the most excellent persons who are totally selfless and fair. Besides, under the universal values, the essence of different nations and cultures will be integrated into a new human beings culture, and the earth will become a harmonious planet with diversity blossoming everywhere.

Community Description

Our community was established in April 2009 in Yunnan China by a group of people who held common universal values and the vision of creating a new life mode for human beings to sustain themselves on earth.

Yunnan is a region that offers the best weather and rich natural resources in China. We set up three branches in two years and the community members rose from the original 20, up to 150. We did all the designing and construction, as well as raised all the funds by ourselves. After three years of construction, each branch became a very beautiful and harmonious environment with members living happily together, including 20 elder members and 14 children. We received visitors from more than 15 countries within two years.

About

  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming
  • Location: Suburban

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 45 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues
  • Current Number of Residences: 25
  • Planned number of residences: 45
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments:

    we have 2 sites, altogether around 45 acres.

    In China there is no private land ownership, land belongs to the country.
    We rent the land from local people and decide to develop it into eco-friendly, green fertile land.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 20
  • Child Members: 5
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Visitor Process:

    Visitor Process:
    We encountered huge pressure from authorities since 2013, who think our community model is not suitable for current Chinese society. Therefore, oversea visitors would bring undesirable attention to the local authorities and they quite sensitive on this. So we are sorry that we cannot receive visitors from abroad at this stage.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    1. Reading through the corpus of Lifechanyuan. As long as you feel resonant with our values, you may apply to become Chanyuan Celestial (name of membership) by writing an application, and become a member of this spiritual and soulful home.

    2. Continually communicating with all Chanyuan Celestials and our “Spiritual Guide” online is a necessity for all Celestials. At least six months interaction is a requirement to allow all of us know each other well.

    3. To be a community member, a Celestial needs to contribute materially, spiritually, and mentally, do what they can to support the development of Lifechanyuan, e.g. community building, the running of our website, sharing posts, or help with resolving issues that come up, to be ready to devote oneself to the construction of the new life mode, and to give more than is taken.

    4. Once the community accepts one as a permanent member, all their life needs will be covered by the community, including food, clothes, shelter, transportation, birth, death, illness, and old age, and they are also expected to fully utilize their talents and abilities to the progress and development of the community.

  • Additional Comments:

    Lifechanyuan Values can be outlined as 800 Values for the New Era Human Being.

Government

  • Decision Making: Holographic management
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    We have a spiritual guide, who is also the community founder. He is responsible for leading our members onto the way to revere the Greatest Creator, revere LIFE, revere nature, and practice the spiritual values in daily life with a clear frame of reference and the method with which to reach it. We can sublimate our life quality by collective life through this new life program and to refine ourselves by practicing scientific and dependable cultivation.

    We also have branch directors who are responsible for community construction and for production and life-related events. However, everyone is also the host of the community. The director of every branch has no power to force their personal will on anybody. That is why we have a very unique management style— Holographic management, which can not be described clearly in words, but which contains rich and flexible meaning and offers effective solutions in reality.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: All or close to all
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 48
  • Open to members with existing debt: No

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Food produced locally: 100%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Stage or Auditorium, Swingsets & play areas, Gym or sports area, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    About 90% vegetarian:

    vegetables,fruits,eggs,bean food, some meat

    we only have alcohol on parties or big festivals

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): the Way of the Greatest Creator
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    We have a set of exercises that can improve the body’s health and immune system, however it is not a requirement that everyone must practice. Members can decide whether they would like to take advantage of this or not, but we recommend it.

  • Healthcare Options: Community Plan, Partial, Special, or Limited Community Plan
  • Additional Comments:

    We have monthly parties and games. On the party day, everybody dresses up, sings and dances, performs, plays games, and shows their most beautiful selves. We want to express our deep happiness and gratitude to nature, to earth, to our harmonious home, and to the Greatest Creator for always blessing us along our way.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), GENOA (GEN Oceania & Asia); GEN China

Community Affiliations

Konohana Family, Japan

Keywords

create a new life mode for the world, a lifestyle with no traditional marriage and family