Last updated: May 13, 2016 (9 months ago)
Listing created on: September 7, 2011
New Oasis For Life-the Second Home of Lifechanyuan (New Site I )
(Kaili City, Guizhou, China)
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 2009
- Start Living Together: 2009
- Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
- Open to new Members: Yes
- Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
- Website address: http://www.lifechanyuan.org；www.newoasisforlife.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newoasisforlife/?fref=ts
- Contact Name: Tong Xin
- Phone: 86 15087013374
- Community Address:
Near Danxi Town
Kaili City, Guizhou,
The Second Home mainly consists of people who are not ready to get married and establish a family, people who choose not to remarry and set up another family after divorce, and couples who are both Chanyuan celestial. This new life pattern mainly copies the life style of celestial beings in the Thousand-year World. The main content of the new life pattern includes mainly:
1. No ownership is practiced, with everyone owning nothing, but possessing everything.
2. There is no marriage, no family, and no distinction between close and distant relations; the relationships between people are those between sisters and brothers, close relatives, and lovers.
3. Everyone contributes their best and receives what they need, and does not indulge in luxury or extravagance.
4. The homestead shall collectively be responsible for everyone’s food, clothing, shelter, transportation, birth, aging, illness, and death, for the rearing and education of children, and for the nursing and supporting of the elderly.
5. Everyone chooses a job according to their talents and abilities and tries their best to ensure the best performance in the work for they are responsible. There is no place for lazybones or easy riders in The Second Home.
6. Everyone has a sacred free-space bedroom which is free from disturbances and interference into which no one should ever intrude under any pretense or excuse. All other places are public.
7. Everyone shall have a happy, joyful, free, and blessed life.
8. Individuality shall blend with commonness, commonness shall accommodate individuality, and there shall be both uniform will and personally comfortable mood. Policies are carried out to ensure that everyones talents and abilities are fully utilized. The Second Home is both an integrated group and a paradise consisting of mutually independent individuals.
From 2009 to 2016, we experienced epic progress in establishing and developing, but three times we were threatened with being dissolved and had to withdraw and find new sites and then begin again. Please allow us to share this story through a clear timeline:
May, 2009 to November, 2013
We established three branches with 150 permanent members scattered throughout three locations in Yunnan Province. The community developed well and attracted dozens of foreign visitors from fifteen countries.
April, 2013 to March, 2014
One of our branches was threatened with being dissolved by local authorities. They cut the electricity line, destroyed the road and water pipes, abet local villagers to provoke us, claimed the land contract was illegal, and more. Then, the other two branches also encountered serious threats. After negotiating and communicating with local authorities with no realistic results, we were left with no option to remain. Then, all members were forced to withdraw from between November, 2013 and March, 2014, from each of the three branches.
As we withdrew, we began looking for new sites, and many young members went into the cities to work. Other members moved to two farms in Xinjiang Province, northwestern China, and one farm in Jiangsu Province in eastern China. We then restarted our life of farming and living together, although our numbers were substantially reduced.
The Jiangsu site was known by the local government and we encountered the same situation as in Yunnan Province. Water pipes and electricity were cut, officers from land departments came to claim that the temporary buildings were illegal and then removed them. In July, we withdrew from Jiangsu, and moved to Xinjiang and found a new farm for these members.
October, 2014 to January, 2015
Two farms in Xinjiang were inspected frequently and eventually forced to dissolve, by local authorities. On one farm, the buildings which had been constructed just two months prior, were pushed over by forklifts and shovels. Members had to move out on cold winter days with ninety percent being supported by the community and by our friends. They returned to the cities to work, scattering among five regions of China. A small farm in the northwest was kept with fewer than twenty members.
We started looking for sites that could accommodate members who were not suitable for work, and also opportunities to continue the community dream through new channels. We found a new site in southern China, a place with a nice climate and a natural environment. In cooperation with our friends, the site would be built with the goal of having an eco-tourism site with natural farming and life without using artificial chemicals.
At the same time, the small farm of Xinjiang was under construction as a local resort.