JKhedrup wrote:Do you mean 400€ per each monastic?
Yes.Received as a benefit in kind, which would be the basis for these calculations, I assume?
I don't think so. Monks at either Nalanda or Plum Village have no base salary- so there would be no basis for a benefit in kind negotiation. Indeed, most have no salary at all. None of them claim benefits from the French state, either. This is not permitted at Nalanda, for example, as they realize the problematic ethical questions it would present.
There is a website that explains the CAVIMAC, but of course it is in French.- Tous les ministres des cultes qui ne dépendent pas d'un autre régime obligatoire de protection sociale doivent obligatoirement être affiliés à la " Caisse d'Assurance Vieillesse, Invalidité et Maladie des Cultes " (CAVIMAC).
La CAVIMAC (qui remplace la CAMAC et la CAMAVIC) est un organisme de Sécurité sociale à compétence nationale chargé " d'assurer le recouvrement des cotisations et le versement des prestations d'assurance maladie et maternité, d'assurance vieillesse et d'assurance invalidité ". (Article 71 de la loi 99-641 du 27 juillet 1999).
Now, my information is 3 years old so they may have come to some kind of agreement. But at the time 400 Euros a month was what was recommended. If people are interested I can check when I am in France next month.
I have stayed in France several times, but it is about twenty to thirty years ago, and I have forgotten
the little french I once knew.
"Benefit in kind" means for example food, clothes, lodging, medicine, art and study materials, services like cleaning and washing of clothes, and any means of transportation. All of these are seen as a form of income by the state authorities, this form of income is called benefit in kind.
These same questions should exist it all other countries too, it is not a concern only in France, i.e. pension contributions, health insurance, taxation & income of buddhist monks and nuns.
As far as I know of the modern buddhist monks in european countries, they are officially and legally students, unemployed or employees.
Is France the only country (in Europe) in which there are buddhist monks and nuns in legal terms?