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Buddhist Monastery Letzehof
Feldkirch and surrounding
Architecture,  Unusual places,  Temples, Churches
Unusual places, 
Temples, Churches

It is neither possible to surprise people with Orthodox and Catholic temples or churches of European cities nor even with mosques, which may barely be a sensation for anyone. However, visiting a Buddhist temple in the heart of Europe can probably take a position in the list of non-standard traveling options. Not all cities may boast of such an exotic attraction. Moreover, it is extremely unusual to see a Buddhist temple in western Austria in the vicinity of Feldkirch.

Its founder, Geshe Rabten Rinpoche, was born in Tibet in 1920 and established several monasteries in European countries. When he died in 1986, all of them have come under the control of his disciple, Gonsar Rinpoche.

The monastery in the city of Feldkirch is located on the territory of a spacious estate on a hill. Back in the 14th century, all the land was owned by local authorities. Later they were passed on to the knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. However, after the Order was split in the 18th century, the land was returned to the state. In 1807, a part of it was sold to a local land-owner Johann Zimmermann, who started to cultivate half of the owned territory and left its forests untouched. Moreover, he built there an estate called Letzehof and created a huge plantation of fruit trees. After his death, the territories were sold to the family of Christian Getzner, who first cultivated the land on their own but then rent it out to local farmers. In 1960, his ancestors passed the estate to Tibetan monks. Since then, the community of Buddhist monks peacefully neighbors local representatives of other religions and opens the doors of its monastery for everyone who wants to familiarize themselves with the Buddhist philosophy.

Currently, in the monastery, there are ten Buddhist monks, some of whom have the titles of masters. Here, you can speak on different topics that you like, listen to public lectures, or participate in group meditations, which are regularly held by monks.

Address: Im Buchholz 26, 6820 Frastanz

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