The International Temples Project
“Whenever anyone, Buddhist or not, sees a Temple or an image of Buddha they receive blessings.”
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
Geshe Kelsang’s compassionate intention to bring happiness to the lives of all beings, is embodied in the International Temples Project (ITP). The ITP is a unique international fund dedicated to public benefit through the development of a wide range of contemporary Buddhist institutions.
These presently include Temples for World Peace, Kadampa Meditation Centres (KMCs), International Retreat Centers (IRCs), Kadampa Buddhist Centres (KBCs) Hotel Kadampas, World Peace Cafes, the International Schools Project, and Tharpa Publications. All these institutions provide a public service that exemplifies the Buddhist faith.
Each year, for example, tens of thousands of people visit the Temples, KMCs, KBCs and IRCs. 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.
For more information about the International Temples Project, including ways you can help, visit our Kadampa website.