International Temples Project
“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
The International Temples Project was founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso with the vision to create a Kadampa Buddhist Temple in every major city in the world*. Its aim is to introduce the Buddhist Faith of the New Kadampa Tradition publicly and in particular to exemplify Buddhist practice through public service.
Pure Lands in our troubled world
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 Glen, Spey, New York, and São Paulo, Brazil.
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, Denver, Hollywood, Baltimore, Columbia, and Melbourne. Yet others are incorporated within Hotel Kadampas, such as those in Málaga and Tuscany.
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.
“A Temple is one of the best ways of benefiting other living beings – it is the best form of public service.” – Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Each year there is an International Temples Day on which Kadampa centers worldwide celebrate the International Temples Project.
Books build Temples
All the profits received by Tharpa are donated to the International Temples Fund, and these proceeds constitute a major part of the funds used to build Kadampa Temples around the world. So every time you make a purchase from the Tharpa website or from a Kadampa Center bookstore, you are contributing to the development of Kadampa Temples worldwide.