Karma Tengyal Ling

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Based on the current property here in Stechlin-Menz a Buddhist Institution in the form of a monastery-temple complex is planned. It is designed to provide access to the Buddhas Teachings in their entirety. The quiet and remote location is ideal for study, practice and meditation.

The site is also designed to be a place for dialogue and exchange of different religions and world views, thus contributing to a peaceful coexistence of all human beings. The spaciously planned complex leaves room for a variety of interreligious activities and events.

In April 2007 local authorities granted permission to build the project, which is officially named “Buddhistisches Studien- und Meditationszentrum Ludwigshorst” (engl.: “Buddhist Study- and Meditationcenter Ludwigshorst”). On the part of the responsible authorities nothing stands in the way of building the monastery-temple complex and its outbuildings.

The Necessity

Without Buddhist Buildings, today we would have no possibility to receive Buddhist teachings from a qualified capable teacher. With the Words of Drupon Dechen Rinpoche: “If there are no Abbeys, you can sit in a cave practicing Buddhism. That is also Buddhism. Himself the Buddha says: If there is no Abbey, there will be no method in the practice and no development in the teachings.”

Therefore it was always a tradition in the Karma Kagyu Lineage to build and preserve temples and abbeys. For this reason it has be an extraordinary meaning in the west to build temples and abbeys. For this reason, it is of extraordinary importance that monasteries and temples also develop in the West.

In the Buddhist countries of Asia we always find monasteries and temples. Through this, the teaching is visible and preserved. In some European countries, such facilities already exist. The oldest Buddhist building in Western Europe is the Buddhist House in Frohnau in Berlin, which houses the Buddhist tradition of Ceylon.

The Temple

The heart of the monastery-temple complex is the temple. According to the open orientation of the institution, it should serve all Buddhists. The temple is home to three shrine rooms, one for each to the three well established Buddhist traditions here in the West, which are Theravada, Zen and Vajrayana. If required all three shrine rooms can be joined to form one big hall.

Additionally the temple includes accommodations for high Buddhist dignitaries such as H.H. The Dalai Lama and H.H. Gyalwa Karmapa and also provides accommodations for resident teachers and visiting teachers. The already existing extensive Buddhist library will reside directly under the roof.

The Meeting House

Opposite of the temple is the meeting house with a large neutral main hall. It can be used for lectures and seminars of all sorts and for interreligious dialogue, exhibitions and the like. A second smaller hall is designed to provide space for all kinds of bodywork such as Yoga, Tai Chi and Kum Nye. Additionally the meeting house includes guestrooms.

The Houses at the Four Cardinal Points

The four corners of the whole monastery-temple complex are formed by similar houses. Those in the west and north, left and right of the temple are the accommodations for monks and nuns, those in the south and east are accommodations for lay practitioners and provide workshops and workspaces.

The House of the Elements

In the new house opposite the mansion are the dining hall, kitchen and a cafeteria. It provides also special accommodation for disabled people, some study-areas, a library of general knowledge and a library of all religions and ideologies.

Manor House

The building was built around 1860. It will be particularly suitable for families, with a children's playground on the sunny side of the building. Children are important, they are our future. This must be expressed especially.