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After my last 10-day course in August 2021, I read in the Dhamma Dvara
newsletter that "ayana-book" was looking for a successor.

I couldn't get rid of the thought of whether it wouldn't be something
for me to take over the shop. Immediately I contacted Daniela. We have
exchange since then and I am familiarising myself with everything.

I regularly attend services at Dhamma Dvara. In order to be there often,
I need flexible working hours, which I already have as a freelance
piano teacher.

I would like to use my time "meaningfully" and see more and more the
service and meditating on my own as the only right way to live.

I love books that move me, stimulate me, make me grow and the thought,
and the idea of spreading Dhamma through books is great!

I am very grateful for the new challenge of running the shop, and I am
looking forward to to bring a little wisdom into the world.
Now it's step by step for me. I want to tidy up my warehouse,
redesign the website, adjust the prices, process the book orders...

Barbara und Siggi - How it all began and how it is now:

In 1993, we were asked if we could imagine selling Vipassana literature. Because we lived very far away from the nearest Vipassana centre, we were happy to takeover a dhamma work, so we decided to give it a try. Initially, it consisted only of distributing the evening discourses on cassettes and in book form. But little by little we added more Vipassana books and tapes which we stored and packed in a room at our home.

At first, we copied the tapes ourselves but, as more and more people asked for it, we could no longer afford this time and hired this task out to a company. We created smaller catalogues and sent these to interested Vipassana Meditators and Vipassana centres. However, since the costs were getting increasingly higher and the book trade was changing so much, in 2000 we made a larger investment and had an online shop set up. Again, we received lots of positive feedback which always motivated us to continue. As you can see, everything keeps changing and we are confident that the shop will take us in the right direction, especially with the downloads.