US World Peace Temple
The Festival will be held at Kadampa Meditation Center New York (KMC NY), the national temple for the New Kadampa Tradition in the United States (one of only four traditional Kadampa temples in the world).
Located just two hours outside of New York City amid 82 acres of lush woodland in the colorful Upper Delaware River Valley, KMC NY is an ideal setting for the US Festival. In addition to the spiritual program, Festival-goers will have plenty of time to enjoy being with spiritual friends, hikes on one of many nature trails, and space to be still and introspective. Main meals are provided by the Festival, and delicious desserts, snacks, coffee, tea, or cold drinks are offered in World Peace Café located within the World Peace Temple, with light fare and meals at the Food Court.
A bookstore and gift shop will provide meditation accessories, a comprehensive collection of books, CDs, prayer booklets, and cards. The shop also offers beautiful statues, images, prayer beads, and other items to support and enhance personal practice. Mementos of the Festival and souvenirs perfect for giving to those back at home will be available.
The teachings at the Festival will be held in the US World Peace Temple which arose from the vision and compassionate intention of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso as part of the International Temples Project.
The Temple was designed and built under his guidance to represent the celestial palace of Heruka, Buddha of Compassion. The holy architecture, innate Buddha statues, and unique artwork have deep spiritual meaning and endow the structure with a tranquil beauty that uplifts us and inspires us. One of four traditional Kadampa Temples in the world, it was constructed largely by volunteers over a five year period.
The US World Peace Temple is experienced by all as a holy object that inspires us to attain inner and outer peace. Just by seeing the Temple and the statues within, we receive special blessings upon our mind that will give rise to good fortune and inner peace in the future.
The Temple is open daily for visitors. Everyone is welcome to visit and enjoy.