The Maitreya Center is a newly built meditation hall and community space on the grounds of Kagyu Thubten Chöling Buddhist Monastery, in Wappingers Falls, New York. The Maitreya Center is under the guidance of Guru Vajradhara Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa.
Overlooking the Hudson River, the Maitreya Center has shrine halls in both the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions. In addition, it has accommodations for spiritual teachers; a community and cultural gathering space; and facilities for classes, Dharma projects, and the preservation of sacred texts. Photos of the new building will be forthcoming, and many of the pages on this website will be updated as construction is now complete due to the support of so many of you. Thank you so much!
Statue of the Future Buddha Maitreya Now Complete!
The Maitreya statue that graces the main hall of the Maitreya Center depicts the future buddha seated on a throne in royal posture, with his feet resting on a lotus at the base of the throne. His hands are at his heart in the hand gesture of teaching the Dharma, holding the stems of two lotuses that flower at either side of him. On the lotus to his left is a sacred vase filled with nectar, satisfying the needs of all beings and pacifying their suffering. On the lotus to his right is the Dharma wheel, representing the teachings to come in Maitreya’s time.
The 7th North American Kagyu Monlam was the first public event held in the Maitreya Center!
Our deep gratitude to the Very Venerable Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche for presiding over the Monlam and for being a shining light of inspiration for us all.
The Maitreya Center is a branch temple of the Palpung Institution under the guidance of Kenting Tai Situpa, the main teacher to the 17th Karmapa. It is a complete, traditional monastery for the Dharma to flourish.
With natural inks and watercolors on traditional rice paper, Tai Situpa’s brush strokes vibrantly express Tibetan Buddhist themes. Originals and high-quality reproduction prints are now available.