KMC New York will be closed from Sunday, March 19th to Saturday, March 25th. We will reopen with Prayers for World Peace on March 26th. Grounds and trails are still open from 9am to dusk every day.
KMC New York is an internationally renowned center for meditation, where everyone is welcome to enjoy a peaceful environment and the many programs offered throughout the year. Whether you are looking for a day visit to the World Peace Temple, enjoy the nature trails, an introduction to Buddhist meditation, or in depth courses and retreats, KMC New York offers an enjoyable and meaningful experience.
One of five traditional Kadampa World Peace Temples in the world, the Temple at KMC New York is a truly unique and blessed place. The Temple, designed by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, was constructed, mostly through the help of volunteers, and opened in 2006 by Venerable Geshe-la. The Temple’s unique design represents all the stages of the spiritual path.
Come in for a latte before class, meet a friend for some meaningful conversation or find a quiet place to read in the spacious World Peace Café located in the Temple veranda. Browse meditation accessories, Buddhist books and artwork, and beautiful merchandise in our shop. Come check it out!
We have limited open hours due to preparations for the upcoming International Fall Festival:
World Peace Cafe
Saturday – 10am-4pm
Sunday – 10-10:45am; 12:30-4pm
Temple & Shop
Saturday – 1:30-4pm
Sunday – 12:30-2:45pm
*Times subject to change depending on events; please check website calendar to confirm
Nature Trails & Gardens
Daily – 9am-6pm
*Please check our online calendar to confirm hours and to check for any changes to our open hours
Group and School Visits
Group Visits & School Field TripsStandard Group Visits includes: Group tours focusing on the imagery and symbolism contained within the Temple, a brief history of Buddha’s life and an explanation of how the Temple and its grounds are used by people seeking peace...
Food & Dining
Food & DiningCommunity Meals Where you find a strong spiritual community, you also find good food! Our home-cooked vegetarian meals are served in our community dining room in the main building. Vegan and wheat-free options are usually offered at each meal. When...
Working Visits & Volunteering
Working Visits & VolunteeringWorking Visits Our working visit program is a great way to experience life at Kadampa Meditation Center New York and put your compassion into action. In exchange for 35 hours of voluntary work, working visitors can receive dormitory...
AccommodationsStaying at the Center Onsite accommodation is available for those attending courses or for those who wish to come and take a break. You do not need to attend a course to stay at the center. The center is open to guests throughout the year. Rooms are...
Getting HereGetting to Kadampa Meditation Center New York is easy! By car, you can arrive from New York City in about 2 hours depending on traffic. Getting here by public transit is another good option. Both train and bus options are available from NYC and other major...