By working to improve and organize a Dharma center, we are working for all living beings and we are practicing offering happiness to others

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche
Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition


Start Volunteering Here!

Becoming an active volunteer of the KMC LA community by donating your time to help with the running of our Center and branches is one of the most meaningful ways to add a whole new dimension to your practice.
Don't have a lot of time?!

No problem!

Fit in some volunteering when you plan to attend a class!

  • We'll show you the ropes for any task you choose to do
  • Friendly staff members will be present to support you along the way
  • Anything time you can give is greatly appreciated and goes a long way

The Benefits

Volunteering is a great way to:

  • Cherish the center
  • Make new friends
  • Learn new skills
  • Create positive energy in your mind
Kadampa Meditation Center LA

Originally a church built in 1937, KMC Los Angeles offers prime visibility on a busy east-west thoroughfare in a popular, trendy section of LA. The Meditation Hall features 25-foot high, vaulted, original wood ceilings, stained glass and seating for 250 people, including a balcony area. There is a small house on the property with three residents, and the second floor of the Temple, behind the balcony, is currently being renovated to accommodate four more residents.

KMC Los Angeles is located in a beautiful, dynamic neighborhood, walking distance from cafes and coffee shops, hiking distance from Griffith Park Observatory, and a short drive to iconic beaches, scenic hikes and the famed Hollywood Boulevard.

Getting to the Center

Getting to the Center is simple. We're on the corner of Franklin Ave and Kenmore in the neighborhood of Los Feliz. Street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhoods, usually within a block or two of the Center's front door.

Community Involvement

Everyone is welcome

Welcome to the Community

Community is important to us. The way of being at the Center exemplifies how Kadampa Buddhist practices and modern life go hand in hand. We integrate the teachings we receive into the activities and dialogue that make up our Center life. It feels simple, harmonious and easy to enjoy your inner and outer environment.

Our Founder and Spiritual Teacher Geshe Kelsang Gyatso often says, "everyone welcome!" Yes, everyone is welcome to join the Center, its classes, events and practices regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender and so on. We know that everyone benefits from Buddha's teachings and we're delighted to have our doors open to help make that happen.

Did you know that all our classes and events are run by a volunteer team of 60+?! Check out the video below: