For almost forty years we have been pioneers in the promotion of Buddhist values and teaching in the troubled lands of the former Yugoslavia, beset by discord and conflicts. We started as a small group of enthusiasts meeting at private homes. Twenty years ago we established the first educational Buddhist institution in Croatia, a Buddhist centre in Zagreb, the nation's capital, fitted with a study library and a meditation hall. Today, Dharmaloka Chan Buddhist Community is on the verge of fulfilling its long-standing vision of building a retreat centre, a place dedicated to the cultivation of inner and outer peace, deeper understanding and enlightened care for all people and the world we inhabit. It is, however, a step that we cannot accomplish on our own.