In 1997, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche opened the first Kadampa Temple for Word Peace at Manjushri KMC in the UK, which was constructed largely by Kadampa builders and volunteers according to Venerable Geshe-la’s design. Based on the mandala palace of Buddha Heruka, every aspect of the Temple teaches the spiritual path and encourages us to use our human life meaningfully.
Since then Venerable Geshe-la has overseen the design and construction of five more traditional-style Temples, In August 2020, the construction of the Traditional Temple at the KMC Spain will start. More are planned for the future. All the Temples are dedicated to world peace.
Each year tens of thousands of people visit the Temples, KMCs, KBCs and IRCs. Some attend courses and retreats to learn how to develop inner peace through meditation, while others go to view the holy objects and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere. But whatever their reason for visiting, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche has said that anyone who sees a Temple or the holy objects within will receive a special blessing that sow the seeds of future peace and happiness in their mind.
To obtain more information about the International Temples proyect you can visit kadampa.org/temples.
“A Temple is a meaningful object. Just seeing it brings great meaning to our life – and in life after life, I promise. A Temple is symbolic of the attainment of enlightenment, so it always reminds us to apply effort to attain the supreme happiness of enlightenment, the ultimate goal of human life.”
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rimpoché
Ulverston, UK · 1997
Inspired and designed by Geshe Kelsang was constructed as an offering for future generations, the temple is an external reflection of a sincere prayer for world peace.
Glen Spey, NY · 2006
KMC New York
Kadampa Meditation Center New York is an internationally renowned center for meditation, where everyone is welcome to enjoy a peaceful environment or join in the many programs offered throughout the year. Whether you are looking for a day visit to the World Peace Temple, the 82 acre grounds and nature trails, an introduction to Buddhist meditation, or in depth courses and retreats, KMC New York offers an enjoyable and meaningful experience.
The modern Buddhist Temple at KMC New York was designed by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso as part of the International Temples Project, and was constructed largely through the help of volunteers over a five year time period. It was opened in 2006 by Venerable Geshe-la.
Sao Paulo, Brasil · 2010
The Kadampa Meditation Centre Brasil, Temple for World Peace, appear from Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s pure vision and intention as a gift for future generations so they can find true happiness and be free from suffering. This is the third Kadampa Temple, with traditional architecture and is the biggest constructed.
Sintra, Portugal · 2013
Venerable Geshe-la opened the Temple in Sintra on the 25th October 2013, celebrating Je Tsongkhapa enlightenment day. Its architecture, symbolism and original art, gives a beauty that calms our minds, and moreover have a deep spiritual meaning.Even though the symbology and essence is the same in every temple, each temple will have a different style according to the place where is constructed.
Williams, Arizona · 2019
IRC Grand Canyon
In the fall 2019 in the peaceful surroundings of the IKRC Grand Canyon, the fifth Kadampa Temple for world peace was opened. Based on the mandala and the celestial mansion of Buddha Heruka, Buddha of compassion. Both the special architectural five levels design and the holy art inside, reveal that the temple is a representation of a pure land of Buddha Heruka an Buddha Vajrayogini.
OUR FUTURE TEMPLE IN SPAIN
DO YOU WANT TO HELP BUILD TRUE PEACE?
We are meeting the conditions to start the works. In particular, we are working to raise all the funds to complete the construction of the temple and adapt the space to the new project.
Kadampa Meditation Center Spain in Malaga is a non-profit entity. It is mainly supported by donations and the financial contribution of its partners. If you want to make a donation or become a member of the center, click on the corresponding link.