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The International Temples Project (ITP) was established by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

These Temples are dedicated to world peace. Everyone is welcome to visit them and enjoy the peace and tranquility they provide.

“Just looking at a Temple with a happy mind places good imprints on our mind and brings inner peace. Through the power of this special object, problems such as anger and attachment are reduced.”
–Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Kadampa Buddhist Temples

Kadampa Buddhist Temples take many forms. Some are custom-built according to a special design developed by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso based on traditional Buddhist architecture, such as the Mother Temple at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in England and the Temples in New YorkSão Paulo and Florida.

Others are adapted from existing buildings acquired for Kadampa Meditation Centers around the world, such as the Temples in Toronto, Manhattan, Montreal, Le Mans, Berlin, Zurich, Texas, and Melbourne. Yet others are incorporated within Hotel Kadampas, such as the one in Holland.

Many more Temples are being planned throughout the world.

Whatever form they take, Kadampa Temples are holy places open to everyone to enjoy. They are Pure Lands in our troubled world, offering doorways to inner peace for all who visit them.

Pure Land

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso explains that at first a Temple is a representation of a Pure Land, such as Tushita Heaven where Je Tsongkhapa abides, or the Pure land of Buddha Heruka and Vajrayogini.

Eventually, however, through the force of all the pure practices and sincere prayers performed in it and the blessings of the Holy Beings, the Temple becomes an actual Pure Land.

Blessed Statues

Kadampa Temples all house beautiful shrines in which you can see magnificent statues cast in Kadampa Studios. Just seeing these blessed statues places powerful imprints on the mind to experience deep inner peace in the future.

The Temples are open to the public for both private and group visits.

Annual Events

Kadampa Temples are international establishments and each year they host major gatherings such as Dharma Celebrations, National Festivals and International Festivals.

Support for the project

The International Temples Project is funded by donations and by profits from Kadampa Buddhist Centers, Kadampa Meditation Centers, Dharma Celebrations, National Kadampa Buddhist Festivals, and International Kadampa Buddhist Festivals.