Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, 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.
He has designed an international education programme 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 programme 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. It was founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso with the aim to introduce the Buddhist faith and practice of the New Kadampa Tradition publicly, and to show how individuals and society benefit through the practice of Buddhism in modern day life. Constantly adapting to meet the needs of modern society, the International Temples Project presently achieves its aim through creating and supporting traditional and non-traditional World Peace Temples, meditation centres and retreat centres, and through the activities of Kadampa Schools, World Peace Cafes, and Tharpa Publications.
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.
All the International and National Festivals and Dharma celebrations presented here 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 them you are helping to bring peace into the hearts of this and future generations.
For more information about the International Temples Project, including ways you can help, visit kadampatemples.org.