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    When will Samye Ling and the Samye Dzongs re-open?

    The Trustees of Samye Ling and the Samye Dzongs held an online meeting on 16th June, during which they considered when Samye Ling and the Samye Dzongs should re-open.

    On the 17th June, Lama Yeshe Rinpoche and Lama Katen sent out a letter which you can read in full here. In summary, the key point is:

    "The trustees feel strongly that the priority at present is to protect the health and wellbeing of residents of Samye Ling and Samye Dzongs as well as potential guests or visitors.  Therefore they have advised Samye Ling and all UK Samye Dzongs to remain closed until the end of August.  After this they will review the situation."

    As soon as we have any further news, we will of course post it on the website, put it in our email newsletter and on Facebook.

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    Support from the Centre during the lockdown

    Dear Friends,

    Although the doors of the Centre are shut, there are ways in which we can reach out to maintain the connection with the wider world and support people in these challenging times. 

    • Meditation sessions are livestreamed from the Centre every day on our YouTube channel and we invite you all to join us. See our announcement for full details and downloads of the relevant prayers.

    • Lama Zangmo is accepting questions by email and will answer a selection in our email newsletter. Just email the office with any questions you have.

    • Our email newsletter will be moving to a weekly schedule for the duration of the lockdown. If you don't already susbscribe just click on this link and follow the instructions.  We will also be adding the newsletter to the website.

    • We've also started a blog which will be updated on a regular basis. We will include a mixture of brief teachings, individual reflections and news about what goes on at the Centre as our full-time resident volunteers certainly haven't stopped their work here! To receive notifications of new blog entries, just sign up from the blog's home page.

    Our hope is that these activities will help maintain our connection with each other and support those who find themselves in isolation.

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    Who we are

    We are a Buddhist community in the heart of London, affiliated to Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland. We are under the direct guidance of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche's brother the Venerable Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche and our resident teacher Lama Gelongma Zangmo.

    Our aims are:
    • To make the teachings of Buddhism accessible to all.
    • To foster the growth of wisdom and compassion.
    • To benefit the wider community.
    • To promote interfaith dialogue and understanding.

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    The Samye Dzong approach to course donations, by Lama Zangmo

    At the beginning of 2015, in honour of our Founder Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche, we decided to offer our Dharma courses without a suggested course fee, on a donation basis. We do this with the motivation to make the precious teachings of the Dharma accessible to everyone, and no-one will be excluded due to lack of funds.

    Traditionally the Buddhist teachings are given freely because they are considered priceless. In the Buddhist tradition one practices generosity, or Dana, by making monetary offerings for the teachings. This generosity is not payment for goods or services rendered; it is an offering given freely from the heart in appreciation of the Dharma... 

    Read the full letters from Lama Zangmo

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About Us

Kagyu Samye Dzong London Tibetan Buddhist Centre first opened in April 1998 and provides a place of peace and tranquillity in central London. We run a programme of courses and workshops focusing on meditation, Buddhism, and holistic therapies. We also provide venues for community activities and holistic practitioners. Read more ›

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Whether you want to explore Buddhism, attend weekly meditation practice sessions, listen to and study Buddhist teachings, or get help with your personal practice... Read more ›

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We hold free evening group meditation sessions as well as running introductory courses that offer practical guidance based around simple yet effective techniques. Read more ›

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The centre provides a host of services to cater to a wide range of needs. We have weekly yoga and martial arts classes and a Tibetan Doctor who visits once a month for those interested in improving their well being. We have facilities for hire such as workshop rooms and a treatment room. Our Bardo group is available to assist those who need spiritual support before and after death. We dedicate prayers for those in need during our weekly pujas. We welcome school groups to visit for them to discover more about Buddhism. Also visit our Tibetan Tea Room and shop for a delicious selection of cakes and teas all whilst browsing over Buddhist book and items for sale. Read more ›