Help Lower Hamlet Grow!

Lower Hamlet is the oldest and most rustic of the Plum Village hamlets, last upgraded in 1998. It is in urgent need of renovation to meet the current building regulations. After several years of preparation and many generous donations, we have now begun.
Thanks to much generosity we were able to start the main part of our building work and avoid closure.



We need your help to raise a further 800 000 Euros to complete our renovations. Every euro given counts!


Why Renovate?

Thanks to your generosity over the last 2 years and the 500 000E raised, we are now building our new kitchen to comply with current hygiene legislation, a renewed, extended dining hall and a renovated Buddha hall, all with wheelchair access.

Click here for recent photos

Ecological Hamlet

We are installing a huge bio-mass heating system, insulation in all rooms and double glazed windows throughout, renewing our ecological waste water system and more.

Your Comfort

All guest rooms and bathrooms are being upgraded. We are providing more accommodation to meet the growing demand for rooms and extending the dining hall.


Cedar Building

Cherry House


Restoration with respect for the beauty of the historical French farm buildings.
Please click on the images for details.


How to donate?

By credit card, bank transfer, cheque or cash.
Please make all cheques payable to “Congregation Bouddhique Zen Village des Pruniers”
Bank address: 2, Rue Des Droits De L’Homme, 47120 Duras
IBAN# FR7613306003420009126946069 BIC# AGRIFRPP833

Please click here to email for further questions and confirmation of donations.