Construction in Progress
Scaffoldings are still commonplace in the Buddha Factory, though the fruits of more than a decade of construction work, mainly on a voluntary basis, are clearly visible today: the living area on the first floor can accommodate a number of residents.
On the ground floor, to the right of the spacious entrance hall, there are a seminar room and our community café with an adjacent kitchen. With 240 square metres in size, the meditation hall is the hugest and most beautiful room. A libray is located in there. A glass facade with twelve metres in length connects the meditation area with the entrance hall. It can be removed when needed. This is why we have enough space to also host arrangements on a larger scale such as events with the 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje, Lama Sherab Gyaltsen, Lama Jigme Rinpoche and Lama Ole Nydahl. The 115 square metre large guest-apartment is our latest project. It enables our teachers to come to Braunschweig for extended stays.
The number of Buddha Factory residents has steadily increased in the course of the years because many of the members of our non-profit organization have moved into the immediate vicinity. Apart from practising the meditation together, the community life offers many opportunities for exchange – in organizing the numerous centre activities as well as in everyday life.
An example of this is the common kitchen: we have built a kitchen on the ground floor that is big enough to cook together and to prepare meals for many people. This is why the kitchen facilities in the private homes often remain unused with their owners rather eating in company with friends.
The Buddha Factory – host of the center meeting
Since 2007 the Buddha Factory has been hosting the German speaking centre meeting. Approximately 600 representatives of Lama Ole Nydahl´s founded meditation centres in Germany and neighbouring countries come together for an intensive exchange with Lama Ole.
Even though the roots of this intensive weekend meeting are to be found in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the event is streamed worldwide today. Guidelines that are laid down here point the way on how to run all our centres around the world. A team of more than a hundred helpers is in charge of the infrastructure for this major event that takes place in our building – from preparing the food to accommodating the people.