Buddha Maitreya and his wife Mandarava Tara in front of the Church of Shambhala Vajradhara Maitreya Sangha Monastery

The Church of Shambhala Vajradhara Maitreya Sangha

In 1996 His Holiness Buddha Maitreya established the Church of Shambhala Vajradhara Maitreya Sangha, a 501c(3) non-profit American Buddhist Church, offering the opportunity for western students to lead more spiritual and service orientated lives. The Church represents both East and West and the tenets of Christianity and Buddhism, with charitable activity and harmlessness as the fundamental teachings. Around this time, Buddha Maitreya also started up the registered charity "The New Group of World Servers Trust" and a Dharma Center in Glastonbury, UK.