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Temple for Peace

Temple for Peace
3D Image of the Temple for Peace
Temple for Peace is located in France
Temple for Peace
Temple for Peace
Monastery information
Location Aubry-le-Panthou, Orne, Normandy, France
Founded by Lama Gyurme
Founded 2010
Type Tibetan Buddhist
Sect Kagyu
Dedicated to Peace
"Gyalwa Karmapa" (Ogyen Trinley Dorje), by painter Claude-Max Lochu, exhibition for the project of Temple for Peace, 2008

The Temple for Peace (French: Temple pour la Paix) is a construction project of the congregation Vajradhara-Ling in Normandy to promote world peace. If the cornerstone was laid in 2003, the construction started in 2010. This Temple will be built in the same style as the Samye monastery, the first temple built in Tibet that was founded by Padmasambhava in the 8th CE century.[1]


  • Aims of the Temple 1
  • Genesis of the project 2
  • Temple architecture 3
  • Peace and Light Festival 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Aims of the Temple

The aims of the Temple for Peace is not only to share teachings of non-violence. Conferences will gather recognized personalities working to promote peace such as Nobel Peace Prize laureates, women and men involved in humanitarian projects, religious dignitaries of different confessions, artists working to promote respect and tolerance between peoples.[2]

Genesis of the project

In 1995 and in 1998, Karmapa at Tsurphu. He presented him his project of construction of a Temple for peace.[3]

The authorization to construct the Temple was granted by the French authorities in March 2002.[4]

The cornerstone was laid by Tenga Rinpoche on September 21, 2003.[5]

The project was consecrated by the 14th Dalai Lama on August 14, 2008,[6][7] at this occasion, the Dalai Lama delivered a speech on peace.[8]

The construction started in 2010.[9]

Temple architecture

The Temple will have a surface area of 3,600 m² on five levels.[10]

Peace and Light Festival

Since 2006, each year at Kagyu-Dzong, the Peace and Light Festival was started to support the construction of the Temple. It includes art exhibition and performances, and takes place in the Pagode de Vincennes. In 2008, it included a concert by Lama Gyurme and Jean-Philippe Rykiel.[11] In 2010, songs by Lama Gyurme were presented by the French actress Véronique Jannot, while Tshering Wangdu[12] also gave a performance.[13]


  1. ^ Les projets de Lama Gyourmé pour Vajradhara-Ling
  2. ^ Festival Paix et Lumière à la Pagode de Vincennes 26 et 27 juin 2010
  3. ^ Genèse du projet "Temple pour la Paix"
  4. ^ Historique du projet
  5. ^ Dalaï Lama France 2008, see page 18.
  6. ^ Venue de sa sainteté le dalaï-lama, site de Vajradhara-Ling.
  7. ^ Lama Gyourmé a reçu le Dalaï-lama à Aubry-le-Panthou, Ouest-France, December 29, 2008
  8. ^ Le dalaï lama devrait attirer les foules en France, Associated Press, August 11, 2008
  9. ^ Anniversaire du centre tibétain, May 2010, page 12
  10. ^ Paix et lumière, festival au profit de la construction du Temple pour la Paix créé à l’initiative de Lama Gyourmé (26 - 27 juin), Buddhaline
  11. ^ Visite du Karmapa aux Etats-Unis, portes ouvertes à Paris du Temple pour la Paix qui lui est lié
  12. ^ Biographie
  13. ^ Festival Paix et Lumière

External links

  • Temple pour la Paix
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