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VEDTÆGTER For menigheden: THE NATURAL FOREST MONASTERY in RANDERS               
 

§ 1. Name and location

PCS. 1. The Natural Forest Monastery in Randers

                Randersvej 79

            8940 Randers SV, Denmark

                Cvr: 40089233

PCS. 2. The location is in the Favrskov Municipality.

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§ 2. Purpose PCS.

The Congregation/Association is a not-for-profit organisation.  Any income derived from running the Congregation/Association will be used to maintain the Association and its assets and to help charitable projects in the community.

The purpose of the congregation/Association is: To establish an independent Faith Society / congregation, for the spread of Theravada Buddhism in Denmark and run a vegetarian Buddhist temple for this purpose.

To teach and carry out the teachings of Buddhism and to learn, to live according to the teachings and wisdom of the Buddha and the 4 noble truths as well as the 8 fold noble path, to become a better and more tolerant human being and thereby achieve better karma in the afterlife.

To hold prayer meetings, especially in connection with daily, to give the monk food around noon. 11 a.m., as well as prayer meetings in the evening, perhaps followed by meditation. To hold and keep Buddha days, to feed the monk and receive blessings as well as forgiveness from the deceased.

To facilitate the Thai integration into Danish society and the preservation of Thai cultural values, and to promote insight into Thai culture among other Danes and other nationalities, into meditation and the lifestyle and philosophy of Buddhism.

To teach the children with a Thai parent, as well as his spouse, the teachings and wisdom of the Buddha, as well as
how to live by the rules laid out by the Buddha, how to honor the Buddha and the monk, as well as other people,
by living by these rules. The purpose of the congregation is to ensure a gathering place for Buddhists and interested guests, as well as to run a temple for Theravada Buddhists in Denmark.

To facilitate the Thais' integration into Danish society and the preservation of Thai cultural values.

PCS. 1a. Buddhism goes beyond religion, is also a philosophy of a way of life, as "loving wisdom", the Buddhist
thought is:

PCS. 1 b. To live a moral life.

PCS. 1c. To be mindful and aware of thoughts and action.

 

PCS. 1 d. To develop wisdom and understanding. Buddhists do not worship idols, but show respect for the Buddha
and his "image", not in worship, nor for asking for services.

A statue of Buddha with his hands gently in his lap, and a compassionate smile, reminds us to strive to develop
ourselves with peace and love for ourselves.

To bow to the Buddha statue or monk is an expression of gratitude for the teachings of the Buddha. Buddha teaches
us many things, but the basic concepts of Buddhism can be summed up by the four noble truths and the noble
eightfold path.

 

 

 

The First Truth

The first truth is, the sufferings of life, viz. life includes pain getting old, illness and eventually death. We also endure psychological suffering, such as loneliness frustration, fear, embarrassment, disappointment, and anger. This is an indisputable fact that cannot be denied. It is realistic rather than pessimistic because pessimism is to expect things
to go bad. Instead, Buddhism explains how suffering can be avoided and how we can be / become truly happy.

The Second Truth
The second truth is that suffering is caused by urge and reluctance. We will suffer if we expect other people to hurt us,
or if we want others to like us, if we do not get something we want, and so on. In other words, getting what we want does not guarantee happiness. Rather than constantly struggling to get what we want, try to change our desires.
Wishes deprive us of satisfaction and happiness. A lifetime of desire and especially the desire to continue to exist
creates a powerful energy that causes the individual to be born. So urge leads to physical suffering because it causes
us to be reborn.

The Third Truth
The third truth is that suffering can be overcome and happiness can be achieved; the true happiness and contentment are possible. If we give up the unyielding urge and learn to live every day, one day at a time (not dwelling on the past or an imagined future) then we can be happy and free. We then have more time and energy to help others. This is Nirvana.

The fourth noble truth!
The fourth truth is that the noble eightfold path is the path that leads to the end of suffering.

 

 The noble 8-fold path!
In summary, the noble eightfold path is moral (through what we say, what we do and our livelihood) and focuses the mind on being fully aware of our thoughts and actions and developing wisdom by understanding the four noble truths and by developing compassion for others. .

 

PCS. 2. To operate and have a temple available for Theravada monks who come to Denmark, to follow the rituals and actions of Buddhism, and teach us to live by the rules and ethics of the Buddha.

PCS. 3. To hold Buddhist feasts and Buddha days.

PCS. 4. To establish an independent religious community / congregation, for the spread of Theravada Buddhism in Denmark

PCS. 5. To function as a center for teaching as well as meditation on Theravada Buddhism for all interested.

PCS. To spread and expand the understanding of Theravada Buddhism nationally and Internationally.

PCS. 7. To ensure a meeting point for Buddhists and interested guests, and to facilitate the Thais' integration into
Danish society and the preservation of Thai cultural values ​​and not least the basic ethical rules of Buddhism.

PCS. 8. To be able to give blessing to bridal couples in the temple, before or after a wedding. Tradition that the monk makes "holy water", which the guests then pour over the bride and groom's hands and wish them a happy and rich marriage. One thing that many Thais demand, but which can not be practiced in e.g. the church or the town hall.
(due to time)

PCS. 9. To bless the homes of the members.

PCS. 10. To bless a person's family.

PCS. 11. To give thanks for sacrificial offerings.

PCS. 12. Praying prayers, many different prayers adapted to different situations and holidays.

PCS. 13. To pray from our local prayer book, with Thai text, and English text, but also with audio language on the
Thai text, so that everyone can participate in the prayers, even if they do not know Thai or know the prayers.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


§ 3. Membership

PCS. 1. Anyone who has the desire and willingness to work for the purposes of the congregation is admitted to the congregation, either as a participant or as a paying member.

PCS. 2. Congregation participants can become members: 1. Either by paying a membership fee
( 150kr / year),  allowing them to attend general meetings or as an ordinary participant in the congregation, without contingent payment and without the right to attend general meetings.

PCS. 3. Registration as a member of the congregation can be done on the congregation's registration form, or via MobilePay.dk, The membership is only valid when the member has paid the membership fee.

PCS. 4. Withdrawal can be done by writing to the treasurer with effect from the end of a quarter / half year / financial year.

PCS. 5. Paying members of the congregation, pay a membership fee determined by the Board. The quota is charged
prior to each quarter / half year / financial year. 2021 and 2022 DKK 150.00

 

§ 4. The general meeting

PCS. 1. The general meeting is the highest authority of the association.

PCS. 2. The Annual General Meeting is held once a year before the end of January and is convened with at least 2 weeks notice. Convening can also be done electronically. PCS. 3. All members present at the general meeting are entitled to attend and vote at the latest the day before the week has paid the due fee. Voting by proxy is permissable.

PCS. 3. The agenda for the annual general meeting must contain at least the following items:

1. Chairman's report

2. Financial reporting

3. Processing of received proposals

4. Determination of quota

5. Approval of budget

5. Election of chairman

7. Election of Vice-Chairman

8. Election of 2 board members

9. Election of auditors

 

PCS. 5. Proposals that are to be considered at the general meeting must be received by the board of directors no later than 8 days before the general meeting. Proposals for amendments to the articles of association that are to be considered must be received by the Board of Directors no later than 2 months prior to the end of the month in which
the annual general meeting is to be held.

PCS. 6. The general meeting is orchestrated by a chairman.

PCS. 7. The general meeting takes its decisions by a simple majority (more than half of the validly cast votes) and by
show of hands. Written voting or voting by proxy, however is used when requested by just one meeting participant.
In the case of personal elections where more than the number to be elected has been proposed, a written vote is
always taken.
Each board member can only cast one vote.

§ 5. Extraordinary general meeting

PCS. An extraordinary general meeting may be held when the board of directors deems it necessary, and must be held when at least 1/3 of the members submit a written reasoned request to the chairman. In such cases, the extraordinary general meeting shall be held no later than four weeks after the request has come to the notice of the chairman.

PCS. 2. The notice period for an extraordinary general meeting is 2 weeks. 

 

 

 

§ 5. Extraordinary general meeting

PCS. An extraordinary general meeting may be held when the board of directors deems it necessary, and must be held when at least 1/3 of the members submit a written reasoned request to the chairman. In such cases, the extraordinary general meeting shall be held no later than four weeks after the request has come to the notice of the chairman.

PCS. 2. The notice period for an extraordinary general meeting is 2 weeks.

 



 

 

 

§ 6. The association's board - daily management

The board consists of a minimum of 5 members, monks can be included as board members.

PCS. The daily management of the congregation consists of the board, which in addition to the chairman, vice-chairman consists of the treasurer and members. The board of directors is elected by the general meeting for one year at a time,
so that members are elected each year, unless a board member wishes to be re-elected.

PCS. 2. The board of directors leads the congregation in accordance with these articles of association and the resolutions of the general meeting.

PCS. 3. No later than 14 days after new elections to the Board of Directors, a constituent meeting is held, where the Board of Directors elects the treasurer and secretary from among its members. All positions of trust are valid until the next general meeting.

PCS. 4. The Board of Directors also determines its own rules of procedure. It may set up subcommittees and working groups to carry out specific tasks.

PCS. 5. The chairman convenes and chairs the meetings of the board. Convening is done in writing stating the agenda when the chairman deems it necessary, or at least two members of the board
 

 

§ 7. Finance, accounting and auditing

PCS. 1. The Association/Forenings fiscal year follows the calendar year.

First financial year 01.01.2019-31.12.2019

PCS. 2. The Board of Directors is responsible to the general meeting for the budget and accounts.

PCS. 3. The Association/Forenings accounts are kept by the treasurer, who also keeps the association's membership register.

PCS. 4. The accounts are assisted at the general meeting by elected auditors.

 


 

§ 8. Subscription rules and liability

PCS. 1. The Association is signed externally by the signature of either the chairman, vice-chairman or treasurer and at least one additional board member jointly. When taking out a loan and when selling / mortgaging real estate, the Association is subscribed by the two PROXY members. (see §8 PCS.3)

PCS. 2. The treasurer, together with the Chairman and the Deputy Chairman, shall be responsible for the management
of the congregation's assets, including the collection of membership fees and the payment of bills.
The treasurer/cashier, the chairman and the vice-chairman can all have control of the congregation's
accounts, including payment cards and online banking for the congregation's accounts, as well as enter into
an agreement to this effect.

PCS. 3 The Secretary Kevin Fraser & the first cashier/treasurer Suphap Kristensen are elected as ”Proxy” to represent
the Forening/Association regarding financial matters

PCS. 4. Every Board member always has the right to view the congregation's account arrangement and assets.

PCS. 5. The board members of the Forening/association are not personally liable for the obligations incumbent on
the Forening/association.

 


 

§ 9. Amendments to the articles of association

PCS. 1. These articles of association may only be amended by a 2/3 majority at a general meeting or extraordinary
general meeting, where the proposed amendment appears on the agenda.

PCS. 2. The amendments to the articles of association shall enter into force with effect from the general meeting
at which they are adopted.

§ 10. Resolution

PCS. 1. Dissolution of the congregation can only take place with a 2/3 majority at two consecutive general
meetings, one of which must be ordinary.

PCS. 2. In the event that the general meeting decides that the congregation shall cease, the assosiations assets
shall be in the first instance used to repay any debts outstanding.  Any remaining assets after all creditors have
been settled will be transferred to a beneficiary that shall be decided at the time by the board after a majority
vote in
favour has been held.

 


 

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