The temple building is temporarily closed to the public. To preserve the 24-hour prayer vigil, access to the Prayer Room is limited to participants. We encourage you to enjoy and explore the many sacred Stupas and our 65-acre Peace Park across the street. There are many beautiful altars and statues where people are welcome to make offerings including our newest arrival Guru Rinpoche, currently on the front porch awaiting installation just inside the entrance to the Stupa Peace Park.
KPC Maryland is a unique temple and monastery (living space for ordained monks and nuns) founded by Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo under the guidance of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche. Located outside Poolesville, Maryland, KPC includes the Temple, grounds and Stupa Peace Park.
Inside the KPC Maryland Temple there is. a beautiful prayer room surrounded with statues and crystals, along with a small store and library. The temple holds daily practices online, and a 24-hour prayer vigil that began in 1985.
Outside, there are 72 acres of pristine grounds that include sacred statues, five color gardens, in the traditional colors of Tibetan Buddhism, a large collection of sacred monuments, called Stupas, in sizes up to 38 feet tall, and mapped walking trails for meditation, exercise, contemplation, and prayers. Grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk.
Visitors can add names or situations they would like prayers dedicated to, and they will be read aloud during group practices – requests can be made at the temple or online here. Also, for a small donation, candles are available to offer on the various altars.
Additionally, parking for people with disabilities is provided.
We are in the midst of a Temple Building Project. See our vision for our future facility plan on the Capital Campaign page.
Things to Do and See at KPC
Large statues of Guru Rinpoche, Shakyamuni Buddha, Amitabha, Buddha Quan Yin, and Lady Liberty now grace the front of the temple, welcoming visitors with beautiful gardens and benches for contemplation.
Located across the street from the main Temple, the Peace Park is a 65-acre wildlife refuge that is open to the public from dawn to dusk. It includes miles of walking trails and meditation gardens, with many Stupas, including the golden Migyur Dorje Stupa. Humans and their dogs on a leash are welcome.