Buddhist organization Diamond Way Buddhism has been granted a construction permit for the redevelopment of a former warehouse on ul. Ożarowska in the Koło area of the capital’s Wola district.
The zł.5 million investment will be used by a 500-person community, whose current headquarters are already too small to house all its members. The warehouse, designed by Helena and Szymon Syrkus and constructed between 1946 and 1956, will be refurbished and another storey will be added. When redeveloped, the facility will be the biggest Buddhist center in Poland. Additionally, the association is planning to develop two new buildings.
The center will cost zł.5 million to build
Courtesy of Diamond Way Buddhism
The first floor will house a large meditation area, while the second and the third floors will be used as residential, technical and service areas. The residential units will be occupied by the center’s staff as well as guests coming to meditate there.
The construction of the facility in Warsaw’s Wola district comes after Lama Ole Nydahl, the leader and founder of Diamond Way Buddhism, said in early 2009 that such a center should be built.
Diamond Way Buddhism is a lay organization within the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. Until now, over 40 Diamond Way centers have been established by the association in Poland.
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