The scope and activities of the ITP are constantly evolving in response to the needs of the ever-changing demands of busy lives. It presently achieves its aim through developing and building traditional and non-traditional temples, meditation and retreat centres, and through the activities of World Peace Cafés and Tharpa Publications. Venerable Geshe-la’s vision is to create a temple in every city throughout the world. That vision is increasingly becoming a reality as each year sees the opening of more temples.
‘A temple symbolizes the attainment of enlightenment, which is the ultimate goal of human life. It is a precious, holy object that reminds us not to waste our life on meaningless activities but to apply effort to attain the supreme happiness of enlightenment.’
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
Under the auspices of the International Temples Project (ITP), a number of new traditional style temples are now planned for various locations around the world. These new temples are being constructed using a new five-tiered design. The IKRC Grand Canyon Temple is scheduled to open in 2019.