“We should know that learning to cherish others
is the best method for establishing world peace in general,
and for our own peace of mind in particular.
-Geshe Kelsang Gyatso”
Feel empowered to change yourself and change your world. Including a guided meditation, short teaching, and beautiful prayers, these classes focus on solutions to problems in daily life, inducing genuine optimism and increased happiness.
Gen Samten has been studying and practicing Buddhism for over thirty years and is one of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso’s most senior students. He is well-known for his inspiring, clear and practical way of presenting Buddha’s teachings and meditation.
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The World Peace Temple at KMC New York
47 Sweeney Road Glen Spey, NY 12737
We are a non-profit organization. All profits go towards supporting the International Temples Project for World Peace.
You are welcome to stay on after Prayers for World Peace and join us for lunch at 1pm in our Main House dining room. Meals are vegetarian, including eggs and dairy products.
$5 per meal
Please call us and reserve in advance. (845) 856-9000
You do not need to have experience in meditation or be a Buddhist to attend. The meditation classes we offer are suitable for all individuals, whatever their level of interest – from those who seek simple relaxation and stress relief, to those who wish to learn about Modern Buddhism. Everyone is welcome!
Q. I’ve never been to a Buddhist Temple before. What should I expect?
Classes at the Temple are very accessible. You do not need to bring any mats or wear any special clothing. Both chairs and cushions are available at the Temple, so you can sit wherever you’re most comfortable. There is no physical exercise, yoga, or stretching involved. When entering the meditation room, it is traditional to take off shoes and hats. Also, when the Teacher enters, we normally stand out of respect for Buddha’s teachings.
Q. What does a typical Prayers for World Peace look like? A typical class consists of a simple relaxation meditation, a short teaching, and inspiring prayers (we have prayer booklets so you can follow along if you wish). The meditations are guided and are suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners alike.
Q: I’ve been coming to classes for a while. I really like what I hear. Is there something more I can try?
For those students who want to deepen their experience of Buddhism, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso designed the Foundation Program (FP). FP allows us to become more deeply familiar with Buddhist teachings by systematically studying one of five texts on the FP curriculum.