"A dwelling-place is praised by the Awakened One as chief gift to an Order.
Therefore a wise man, looking to his own wealth, should have charming dwelling-places built so that those who have heard much can stay therein. To these food and drink, raiment and lodgings
he should give, to the upright, with mind purified.
(Then) these teach him dhamma dispelling every ill." (Vihāra-dāna-gāthā)
We are grateful and happy to be able to offer courses in the existing facilities. But especially in the winter months we regularly reach capacity limits because not all rooms are available all year round. Some parts of the buildings are very old and need renovation.
With the support of two architects, for whose help we are very grateful, we have developed a long-term comprehensive plan for the Dhammanikhom Vipassana-Meditationszentrum with monastic routine and started a building permit process. Once approval has been granted, implementation will begin step by step.
In this area we will keep you updated on the fundraising for supporting further extension as well as the implementation steps.
The next step is the creation of two new rooms and a bathroom in an area that has not yet been developed. This measure should be implemented as soon as possible. The building permit procedure for the entire centre is already underway and we hope to receive the permit in January.
We hope to be able to start with the first section at the beginning of March. Thanks to the great support of so many, we have already been able to collect the donations for this.
At the same time we will start a new donation tree for the following section. This will probably be the extension of the utility rooms (currently gardening department, building material store) and the attic above. A new, larger meditation hall will be built there so that the current meditation hall can be used as a permanent report room, library and devotional room. In addition, the hall is already sometimes too small, especially in the winter months, when the courses are fully booked.
Below this, a handicapped accessible guest room is to be built, as well as two toilets and an easily accessible and central utility room for the cleaning materials etc.
But first we have to wait for the building permit and then we hope to get a first cost estimate for this section from our architect. Then we can determine the size of the new donation tree and will announce this here.
Donations that are received in the meantime for the donation tree will be collected and added to the new tree.
Outlook on the planned expansion measures (comprehensive concept)
The goals are:
Further modernization and renovation measures like e.g.
This makes the current donation tree the first step in the overall concept. We will then share current information with you on further stages of construction.
We hope that the outer growth will be a healing and beneficial condition for the inner growth of many people and that the Dhammanikhom Vipassana Meditation Center will be able to provide space for more nuns and aspirants in the future.