Bursfelde a Benedictine abbey near Gottingen, Germany, founded in 1093. The abbot, John von Hagen (1469), organized a congregation here for the stricter Benedictine observance, and the rules of his congregation were received in 136 convents and many nunneries. The congregation was approved by the Council of Basle in 1440, and finally by Pius II. After this it achieved great distinction. It existed until 1803, when the last convents belonging to it were suppressed. Since the Reformation the abbey of Bursfelde has had a Lutheran abbot.