International Temples Project
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, the founder of the NKT, has dedicated his life to helping the people of this world find true happiness by developing inner peace, or peace of mind, through meditation and other practices.
Venerable Geshe-la’s compassionate intention is embodied in the International Temples Project (ITP), a unique international fund that he inaugurated and dedicated to public benefit.
The ITP fosters the continuously evolving international development of a wide range of contemporary Buddhist institutions. These presently include Temples for World Peace, Kadampa Meditation Centres (KMCs), International Retreat Centres (IRCs), Kadampa Buddhist Centres (KBCs), World Peace Cafes and Tharpa Publications.
More recently through the work of the ITP we are witnessing a rapid development of City Temples in cities across the globe, where ordinary commercial spaces are transformed into holy places in which people can meet the teachings of Buddha and train in meditation where they live and work.
All these institutions provide a public service that exemplifies the Buddhist faith.
Each year tens of thousands of people visit the Temples, KMCs, KBCs, IRCs and City 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, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche has said that anyone who sees a Temple or the holy objects within will receive a special blessing that sows the seeds of future peace and happiness in their mind.
All International Festivals, National Festivals and Dharma Celebrations are hosted by KMCs and KBCs - and many are held in the Temples for World Peace. All profits from all these courses are dedicated to public benefit through the ITP, so simply by attending these events you are helping to bring peace into the hearts of this and future generations.
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