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.
Many Kadampa Temples are being built around the world as part of the International Temples Project.
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 World Peace Temple at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in England and the Temples in New York, São Paulo and Sintra, Portugal.
Many more Temples are being planned and constructed throughout the world. Also in the UK the first NKT International School is located at Tara Kadampa Meditation Centre in Derbyshire and a further school will be opened in the USA in 2014.
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.
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso explains that at first a Temple is a representation of a Pure Land, such as Tushita Heaven where Je Tsongkhapa abides, or the Pure land of Buddha Heruka and Vajrayogini.
Eventually, however, through the force of all the pure practices and sincere prayers performed in it and the blessings of the Holy Beings, the Temple becomes an actual Pure Land.
Kadampa Temples all house beautiful shrines in which you can see magnificent statues cast in the Kadampa studio at Manjushri KMC. Just seeing these blessed statues places powerful imprints on the mind to experience deep inner peace in the future.
The Temples are open to the public for both private and group visits. Information on local visiting times can be found on each Temple’s website.