Like so many people, I had a list of things I wanted to achieve in this life. I have achieved a lot, I have failed with some things and one thing is still missing: I would like to give my property to a Buddhist community.
This is a house with land near Dresden. 10.000m2 of land and a house with some outbuildings in a dreamlike solitary location near Dresden. A Buddhist meditation and retreat centre may arise there.
The house and land should be transferred as a donation to a foundation or corporation, this could be done in the next few years. The current market value of the property is about 100.000€. For about 10 years I have been giving my free time and my financial means to the project.
2005 : Purchase of the property together with my sister and her husband
2015 : division of the object in 2 parts : the 2nd satellite photo shows my part, the 3rd satellite photo the whole property (3ha). My sister and husband agree with the project ” Buddhist community ” in their direct neighbourhood.
2015 My sister, her husband and son move from Dresden to the main house
2015 Construction of a biological treatment plant.
2016 Dredge the barn 1m deep and pour concrete floor slab.
1017 Connect barn to sewage, water and electricity.
2018 Demolish outbuildings and build a new one
2019 Inner courtyard with natural stone paving
2020 9000 L Rainwater cistern and car park
2022 : move into the newly built outbuildings (until now we lived in the construction trailer in summer – in winter in Dresden)
2022 Design of the areas around the houses
During a 14 day retreat in 2018 at Darnkow Monastery ( Poland, Nyingma ) the decision was made to dedicate the property to such a purpose.
I have been on a Buddhist path for 20 years. It started with Zen, then various western and eastern teachers came. In retrospect I am very grateful to have met so many teachers. It was a time of intense, passionate spiritual search, which now seems to end in this form. 2012-2014 I was travelling in India, Nepal and Myanmar and was able to get to know various places and monasteries. I need less and less and I was very satisfied with the meager conditions in a Theravada monastery in Myanmar.
I feel a deep gratitude towards Buddha, Dharma and Sangha and the traditions. I also have no special wish which tradition will accept my offer. It will come true like everything else. My wish is to offer future generations a place for practice that is somewhat freer from the material constraints that are so dominant here in the West. And so I am now looking for future owners and people who are interested in the project.
The meadow ( green ) and the area with the trees and houses are the property in question. In the back of the viewer there is another plot of land of about 0,5 ha that was once half vineyard and half forest.
This map shows the property as we bought it in 2005:
10.000m2 my property and now potential “shanga-space”
White : the shanga-space
Grey : my sister & husband