MEDITATION CENTRE PROJECT

The purpose of this project is to establish first meditation centre in Europe, where Samadhi and Vippasana meditation will be practised according to Pa Auk Sayadaw method, which is based in Buddhas teaching (Dhamma), Buddhist canon and commentaries. We wish to speak out to all Buddhists and people, who are ready to support this project, who accept Buddhism teaching of mind development through meditation. All these people are welcome to take part in this project. 

We offer several possibilities, how to do that: donations (Dana) that will be targeted towards development of meditation centre and project; volunteer work during retreats and in construction; taking part in retreats; using skills (ie. development of web page, architecture, construction).

Also it will be possible to state exactly for which purpose the donations should be used, for example construction of meditation hall, teacher's kuti. Making such offerings, according to Buddhist tradition, is a wholesome deed that will be very beneficial to the donator and bring good carmic results in future. 

From our side we will provide volunteers with help in organising visas, accommodation and food. We do all our actions with maximum transparency, so donators can see how these donations are being used. It is possible to donate anonymously or personally - names of donators will be recorded in special list and by end of project we will create a memorial plank with donator's names on it.

 

Project context

The total project area is ~1000 ha and most of this territory is covered by the former fish ponds that were artificially made in the hollows created by glaciers. The ponds were formed around the years of 1970, 1960 and earlier; they were formed by cutting down the forest.

The project area is located between Rūjiena city and Lake Burtnieks, to the west it has an approximately 8 km long border with the River Rūja, which borders with the protected area “Rūja Floodplains”, while the eastern part of the territory lies next to vast forests and hills. Historically, the project area covers the ancient bed of Lake Burtnieks, which is currently the fifth largest lake in Latvia and the largest water body in the northern part of Vidzeme.

In addition, the protected area “Rūja Floodplains” is located in the western part of the territory. It has a rich diversity of protected plant and animal species, a large number of bird species, which promotes regional activity of plant and bird watchers.

TERITORIJAS PLĀNS

1. Recreation, Administration and Guest Centre.

  • Administrative and guest zone. Serves all necessary functions, the main car park, guest houses, information and administration centre, warehouses, etc.

2. Fish incubation.

  • Fish ponds. Ponds, water level regulation systems and devices.
  • Incubation chamber - Fish incubator. Former pumping station, artesian well station.
  • Water-reservoir. Scenic water-reservoir connected to the River Rūja, it has a landing stage for water recreation purposes.

3. Meditation Centre.

 

  • Administration. Reception. Office. Reception hall.
  • Meditation hall with accommodations for meditation teachers and an interview room.
  • Kitchen and dining hall.
  • Accommodations. Two-storey buildings with individual rooms.
  • Library and school.
  • Medical building for the inhabitants of the centre. The doctor's office. Pharmacy. Sauna.
  • Medical complex for guests. Various types of medical rooms. Accommodations.

4. Meditation Park.

 

  • Wilderness Park. A nature area with meditation huts, hiking trails and individual pergolas.
  • Wilderness area. For cultivating various plants.
  • Men's monastery. The main meditation hall. The main spatial and functional area of the meditation centre is the meditation hall, which is designed to accommodate ~300 meditators as well as the surrounding infrastructure. The territory has meditation huts. A complex for meditation teachers.
  • Women's monastery. Women's meditation hall. Meditation huts located in a separate part of the territory.

The main mode of getting around in the park and the meditation centre is by foot; however, as a result of the park’s large-scale development, an internal transport system could be set up to connect several parts of the meditation park. The meditators will mainly use the former fish ponds that connect the meditation centre with the meditation park, as well as the surrounding buildings.

The greatest value that the location of Meditation Centre in Rūjiena has is the natural base, which separates the field of meditation from its surrounding noise by becoming a part of the boundless nature. Once, men were responsible for the fastest transformations by forming fish ponds, drainage systems and then by abandoning a part of this territory. Now, it is being given back to nature by allowing it to overgrow. After allowing the present processes to continue, bushes, osiers and beech groves have returned. In spring, part of the territory is flooded and remains wet throughout the year. Due to the wet ground, buildings that are planned to be constructed in the fish pond territory of Rūja are designed to have rod-shaped foundations, thus minimizing interference with the ground and raising the building’s floor to the level of the protecting dike. The level is different in various places of the territory but it is generally located 1500 mm from the fish pond bed. When developing this territory it is important to analyze how the diversity of its natural landscape, fauna and flora changes upon the new intervention process made by humans who aim to be as protective as possible when using this territory, without interfering in its future processes by making radical changes.

The overgrowth characteristics are important for the park areas that are planned to have meditation huts. There the overgrowth provides a positive sense of isolation and asceticism by creating a natural landscape and trying to find a compromise between allowing it to overgrow and to partially maintaining it, which would be recommended to allow various species to regenerate.

Ecological regeneration is one of the current approaches in spatial planning, which could partially be used in the future development of this territory. But this does not include renewing former ecosystems because many catchment area qualities and surrounding landscapes have changed without the mechanical human involvement. The climate continues to change, that is why the desire to restore nature to its previous state is not adequate. To reduce the risk of error, ecological goals need to be set and new influences need to be adapted that would be more easily accepted in the society. In the future, in the light of climate change, there must be a transition from control and monitoring to greater integration and adaptation. The abovementioned aspect refers to the attitude towards the floodplains and regularly flooded areas, which have been taken away during industrialization, e.g. by creating drainage ditch systems. After analyzing the landscape development of this territory, it can be concluded that chaotic spaces can sometimes be as valuable as the neat and formal ones. The smart landscapes of tomorrow have to make us rejoice and create a diversified space where there is a need to interact with natural processes where we can interfere and change landscapes and see things grow. The element of time is always essential in landscape architecture. We can consider these places as a symbiotic relationship between the biologic complexity of the landscape and the man-made infrastructure. 

When constructing the meditation centre, regional construction materials and methods are planned to be used together with modern and innovative technologies. Wood is the main element, which makes the complex’s architectural appearance correspond with its context.By using innovative engineering technologies, it is projected to reduce the use of resources for maintaining the centre, thus reducing the environmental impact of the complex.

The project design and conceptual solution aims to be sensitively inclusive with respect to its context, react to it and offer appropriate creative solutions, thus ensuring its moral sustainability

MEDITATION HALL

 

Contacts

Nowadays fastest way to contact us is to send an e-mail: info @ paauk.eu. Our team will respond You as soon as possible.

Our postal address:
Biedrība “Pa-Auk Latvija Starptautiskais Meditācijas Centrs”
Stabu street 56 – 2
Riga
Latvia
LV-1011

Our bank account for donations:
Bank Name: AS “Privatbank”
SWIFT account: LV37PRTT0256016475000

TRAVELING INFORMATION

EU member states citizens do not need any special allowances or visas to come to Latvia. There also is a list of countries that have non-visa agreements with Latvia. For those countries citizens also there is no necessary to obtain visa. Follow this link to check if there is Your country.

For citizens from countries which has no non-visa agreements we please to contact us by e-mail so we can prepare necessary procedures to obtain visa.

Ordinary all visitors will be picked up at the entrance point (International Airport "Riga", terminal station "Riga" or bus station in Riga). In case visitors need to get to the Centre by themselves this link will show the best possible way to get in. All maps and directions mentions that visitors firstly came to the capital city Riga.

LOCATION INFORMATION

The site of Pa-Auk International Latvia Meditation Centre is 150 km far away from Riga, the capital city, to the North direction. You can see the location on the map here: THE MAP OF HOW TO GET TO THE CENTRE.