Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, the founder of NKT, has dedicated his life to helping people find true happiness by developing inner peace through meditation and other practices. He has designed an international education program that provides everyone regardless of nationality, age or gender with the opportunity to learn simple techniques for developing the capacity of their mind and eventually attaining the permanent inner peace of enlightenment. To date, this program has been implemented in over forty countries.
Geshe Kelsang’s compassionate intention is embodied in the International Temples Project (ITP), a unique international fund dedicated to public benefit. The ITP fosters the international development of temples and retreat centers. All these institutions provide a public service that exemplifies the Buddhist faith.
Kadampa Meditation Center New York City (KMC-NYC) is the main temple and spiritual home for practitioners in the metropolitan New York area, and is part of the International Temples Project. We welcome many visitors everyday who come for classes or simply want to stop in and see the beautiful shrine. The proceeds from all the courses presented at KMC-NYC as well as other Temples for World Peace are dedicated to public benefit through the ITP, so simply by attending them you are helping to bring peace into the hearts of this and future generations.
The upstate National Temple in Glen Spey is also part of the ITP and hosts many special events throughout the year, such as the Northeast Dharma Celebration every September. KMC-NYC’s community regularly attends and helps at the upstate National temple events.
Each year, tens of thousands of people visit these Temples. 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, Geshe Kelsang has said that anyone who sees a Temple or the holy objects within will receive a special blessing that sows a seed of future peace and happiness in their mind.