Kadampa World Peace Temple

The Temple is open to the public on most days of the year, except when a major event is being hosted. However, during our International Winter Retreats, open hours are limited.

Want to learn about the Temple? Book a temple tour or simply drop in during our open hours. The Temple is also open to group and educational visits.

Everyone is welcome to look around the Temple or just sit and enjoy its tranquility. The stillness and peace of the Temple makes it the ideal place to rest, recharge or meditate. Learn How and When?

Limited Open Hours

From February 10-March 9 the following open hours will be in effect:

From Monday to Saturday the temple is closed to visitors due to our silent retreats. On Sundays the temple will be open to all visitors for Prayers for World Peace. The class runs from 11am-12:30pm. Please Note: Community Meals including Sunday lunch is not being served during this time.

About the Temple

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. See the 10 Year Anniversary Video!

The Temple’s 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.

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.

Explore the Beauty
of the Temple in 360˚

Using a trackpad or mouse, click and drag anywhere on the image to change your perspective and view the temple in 360 degrees. *To watch this 360° video, you need the latest version of Chrome, Opera, Firefox, or Internet Explorer on your computer. On mobile devices, use the latest version of the YouTube app.

A booklet explaining the symbolism within the Temple is available from Tharpa Publications online or at our bookstore.