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A Jewel in the Mission:

KMC San Francisco
3324-17th Street, San Francisco CA 94110

Kadampa Meditation Center San Francisco (KMCSF) was established in 1991 to provide people with the opportunity to learn about Modern Buddhism

To fulfill this aim, we have created a peaceful city sanctuary located in the heart of the Mission District.  Based on the books by the internationally acclaimed author, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, we present Buddha’s teachings in an accessible manner that can easily be integrated into our busy lives.

We are always working to improve our temple and make it a welcoming jewel in the mission for everyone to enjoy.  Please stay tuned for more updates.


The Temple Renovation Fundraising Campaign is inspired by the International Temples Project (ITP). In order for the Temple to provide a true urban refuge in the heart of the city, the facilities need to create a space with the best conditions possible for meditation. Our vision is to renovate the temple’s interior to make it more comfortable, functional, welcoming and with a fresh and modern look. Making aesthetic upgrades to the exterior would render the Temple more visible to the passersby. When  offering a more welcoming appearance, the Center could connect better with the diverse population of the Mission District and beyond, offering a place of refuge and reflection in the hectic, modern world.

Special features of the design are:

•       separating the reception from the Meditation Hall.
•       moving the community room and bookstore to the front of the building in order to make it more visible and accessible to passersby. This space could transform into a World Peace Cafe in the future. This space could also be used for kids’ classes.

•       moving the Meditation Hall to the back of the building, insulating walls, as well as changing the carpeting and windows in order to create a peaceful sanctuary for  meditation and study. This space will accommodate up to 100 people.

•       addressing building and safety codes by installing a ramp, an ADA bathroom and safer emergency doors.

•       upgrading the shrine to accommodate the 7-foot new modern Statue.

What is a Kadampa Buddhist Temple?

A Kadampa Buddhist Temple is a special, holy place, where we can receive blessings and powerful imprints on our minds that lead to deep inner peace in the future. Many Kadampa Temples are being built around the world as part of the International Temples Project. Kadampa Buddhist Temples take many forms. Some are custom built according to a special design developed by Geshe Kelsang based on traditional Buddhist architecture, such as theMother Temple at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in England and theTemples in New York, and São Paulo. Others are adapted from existing buildings acquired for Kadampa Meditation Centers around the world, such as the Temples in Toronto, New York City, Madrid, Cape Town and San Francisco.

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche says, “If we in this generation work hard to establish qualified Dharma Centers that provide special teaching, meditation, and study programs, as well as other conditions conducive to the study and practice of Dharma, then future generations will be able to receive Dharma teachings easily, and through putting them into practice, be able to solve their problems.

Who shall have made it possible for them to receive such benefits? It will be us. Therefore we are the great benefactors of future generations. Our activities are exactly the same as the Bodhisattva’s way of life because we are benefactors of all sentient beings.”