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 public service.

It achieves this through building traditional and non-traditional Temples, meditation and retreat centers, and through the activities of Kadampa hotels, schools, World Peace Cafes and Tharpa Publications.