Set up in 1973 as one of the first Buddhist centres in Western Europe, the Copenhagen Buddhist centre has a well-established place in the cultural landscape of its local community.
The centre has expanded significantly throughout the years and it now occupies three individual houses converted into one functional space. Its maintenance is in the hands of around 30 residents who, as you can see from the photos, manage to fuse Danish architectural style with Tibetan artistic influences.
The centre is regularly used for local educational, social and cultural events. A programme engaging local schools to explore the potential of the meditation proved to be a great success and many pupils return to visit of their own accord later.
The centre also takes an active part in the Copenhagen Nights, an annual event where all the City’s important cultural venues open their doors to visitors for free. A fine blend of Buddhism, hospitality, free cakes and coffee drew no less then 400 newcomers on the last occasion.
Aside from highbrow educational and cultural activities, the centre also caters specifically for the needs of the local residents. Highly popular annual events such as a flea market and street party have already established themselves as traditional and indispensable parts of the community life in the area.