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Practicing Timeless Buddhist Wisdom in the Heart of Philadelphia

Everyone is always welcome at Kadampa Meditation Center Philadelphia and other Kadampa Centers around the world.

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

On September 17 our most precious Spiritual Guide Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche showed the manner of passing peacefully into the clear light.

During his remarkable life, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche touched the hearts of countless people throughout the world. His wisdom, kindness and compassion are unequalled in these uncertain times.


Venerable Geshe-la's legacy is both extraordinary and world-changing. From his vast body of unequalled teachings enshrined in his extraordinary books, the Temples, centers, study programs, Teachers, Sangha and above all the international community of people actively dedicated to world peace, he has sown so many seeds of peace and hope in this troubled world that are already bearing fruit and will continue to do so for many decades to come.

Venerable Geshe-la frequently said to us "The time will come for you to do my job." And so now this time is upon us - to joyfully and sincerely work together to fulfill the compassionate wishes of this holy being in generation after generation. This will be our highest offering to Venerable Geshe-la and our deepest expression of gratitude.

Buddha’s most profound insight into the nature of the mind is as revolutionary today as it was 2500 years ago: the mind is the source of all happiness and suffering. All of it.

At KMC PHL, we learn the practical, every day application of Buddha’s wisdom to create authentic happiness, experience freedom from suffering, and help others do the same.


We do it right here -  in the City of Rocky, Gritty, Cheesesteaks, and the Liberty Bell -thanks to the extraordinary teachings of our founder, Buddhist meditation master, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche.

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Help Get KMC New York Ready for the International Fall Festival
Join us for the weekend of October 1-2 at KMC New York in Glen Spey, NY (in the Catskills). Help prepare our regional Temple and grounds for the International Fall Festival!

There are jobs for all skill levels. Dorm accommodation is offered at no cost along with vegetarian meals. Register here to sign up.
Everyone welcome • Carpool available
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"Happiness and suffering are states of mind, so their main causes are not to be found outside the mind. If we want to be truly happy and free from suffering, we must learn how to control our mind."