You may make a donation here to our new building project.

Thank you for your support!

Any donation over $20 is tax deductible.

KMC Fraser Valley is a non-profit organization registered with the British Columbia Society Act, and with Revenue Canada as a Registered Charity.

Our Charity number is 802 509 349 RR0001

International Temples Project

building Temples for world peace

The International Temples Project was founded by Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, with the aim to introduce the Buddhist faith and practice of the New Kadampa Tradition publicly, and to exemplify contemporary Buddhist practice through service to the public. It presently achieves this through building traditional and non-traditional temples, meditation and retreat centres, and through the activities of world peace cafés and Tharpa Publications.

Venerable Geshe-la has described the International Temples Project as ‘a beautiful gift for future generations.’

‘Just looking at a Temple with a happy mind places good imprints on our mind and brings inner peace. Through the power of this special object, problems such as anger and attachment are reduced.’

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

KMC Fraser Valley began as a small branch of KMC Vancouver. Kelsang Sanden drove out after work every Tuesday and taught a dedicated group of people gathered at Legal Grounds Coffee House in Downtown Abbotsford.

It grew quickly from those humble beginnings. In the next few years they began an in-depth study program, the FP and started branch classes in Langley.

In 2006 Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso gave the group the name Dorjechang Kadampa Buddhist Centre and Kelsang Sanden was appointed Resident Teacher.

Everyone who gets to know KMC FV and its community feels inspired by this precious place. The Centre feels cherished and cared for. Our community is peaceful and harmonious; everyone remarks upon how peaceful it feels when they step through our doors.

Our kind volunteers give freely of their time to organize classes, care for people with kindness, make good publicity, teach at the Centre or its branches, and start new groups and branches. We have many qualified meditation practitioners and Teachers at this Centre.

What are the characteristics of the place we want?

  • Modern, attractive building visible to many people as they walk or drive by
  • Easily accessible to people throughout the Fraser Valley
  • Meditation room with capacity for 100 people
  • Room for a bookstore and social area
  • Accommodation for our Resident Teacher, one or two Dharma students, and occasional visitors

At the moment we lease our beautiful meditation Centre; this has served us very well for 8 years, but it is not our permanent home.

We need the security of owning our own property. To this end we have started a building project to raise money to purchase a building.

We have established a savings account that is part of the NKT International Temples Project. This fund will gradually grow from donations from our community.