Building for World Peace
At the Southern Dharma Celebration, we have the special opportunity to enjoy teachings, spiritual friends, a serene and pure environment – and at the same time contribute to the International Temples Project (ITP). Profits raised by the Celebration are dedicated for public benefit to the ITP and used for the development of the KMCs and Temple Projects throughout the world.
The International Temples Project was established by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche with the vision to build a Kadampa Buddhist Temple in every major city in the world.
These Temples are dedicated to world peace and everyone is welcome to visit them and enjoy the peace and tranquility they provide. They are places of public benefit and refuge, providing people with an opportunity for creating peace within themselves, their communities, and throughout the world.
“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
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.
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 the Mother Temple at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in England and the Temples in New York, São Paulo and Sintra.
Others are adapted from existing buildings acquired for Kadampa Meditation Centers around the world, such as the Temples in Toronto, Le Mans, Berlin, Zurich, Texas, Florida and Melbourne. Yet others are incorporated, such as Hotel Kadampa Holland in the Netherlands.
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.
Many more Temples are planned throughout the world as part of the International Temples Project.
Support for the International Temples Project
The International Temples Project is funded by donations and by profits from:
- Dharma centers
- Kadampa Meditation Centers
- Dharma Celebrations
- National Festivals
- International Festivals
All International and National Festivals and Dharma celebrations are hosted by KMCs and KBCs and many are held in Temples for World Peace. All profits from all these events are dedicated to public benefit through the ITP. Simply by attending them you are helping to bring peace into the hearts of this and future generations.
Each year there is an International Temples Day on which Kadampa centers worldwide celebrate the International Temples Project.