The general public is invited to join the International Kadampa Retreat Center (IKRC) Grand Canyon in Williams, Arizona on Thursday, March 22nd at 10:00am as they break ground for the construction of a new Kadampa Temple for World Peace.

The temple will be adorned with symbols of world peace and contain an eight-foot Buddha statue among other beautiful statues and artwork, all gilded and painted by international Kadampa artists. Everyone will be welcome to enjoy a peaceful atmosphere away from the distractions of everyday life, surrounded by an environment of incredible natural beauty.

The temple will seat nearly 1,000 people and host many programs throughout the year to appeal to a range of guests. Whether looking for a day visit, an introduction to Buddhist meditation, or an in-depth course or retreat, all will find an enjoyable and meaningful experience.


The IKRC Grand Canyon is part of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT), a global organization founded by the internationally renowned Buddhist Master and author, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche, who has pioneered the introduction of modern Buddhism into contemporary society.  


The project team includes JWA Architects and BEC Construction, both located in Flagstaff, AZ. The temple is scheduled to open in September 2019, it will be the fifth Kadampa World Peace Temple organized by the New Kadampa Tradition.  

Location: International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon, 6701 E Mountain Ranch Road, Williams

Contact Michelle Gauthier, Education Program Coordinator, at 928-637-6232 for questions.


  • Occurred Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 am


International Kadampa Retreat Center Grand Canyon

6701 E Mountain Ranch Road
Williams, AZ 86046


Michelle Gauthier, Education Program Coordinator

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