The modern Buddhist Temple at KMC New York was designed by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso as part of the International Temples Project, and was constructed largely through the help of volunteers over a five year time period. It was opened in 2006 by Venerable Geshe-la.
Its unique design is based on the celestial palace of Heruka, the Buddha of Compassion. The design also represents all the stages of the spiritual path. Just seeing it reminds us that we have the potential to improve our human nature and qualities through developing the capacity of our mind.
A booklet explaining the symbolism within the Temple is available from Tharpa Publications online or at our bookstore.
The Temple also houses our World Peace Café and bookstore and gift shop. The café offers locally roasted coffee, loose leaf tea, cold drinks, snacks and light meals. The bookstore and gift shop carries a range of unique gifts, cards, meditation accessories, Buddhist art, and books on Buddhism and meditation.
The Temple is open to the public on most days of the year, except when a major event is being hosted. Everyone is welcome to look around or just sit and enjoy the tranquility. The Temple is also open to group and educational visits.
The Temple throughout the Four Seasons
The Temple Interior