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    HH the 17th Karmapa gives teachings on mind training

    In February 2018, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, gave teachings on The Eight Verses on Training the Mind, one of the most beloved texts on mind training (lojong).  You can read a summary of the teachings on the Karmapa's website or, at the bottom of the page, you can watch a video of the teachings. 

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    Visit of Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche and KSDL 20th Anniversary celebrations - July 2018

    The Abbot of Kagyu Samye Ling and spiritual director of Kagyu Samye Dzong London, Chöje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, returns for his traditional annual visit to our centre. Lama Rinpoche is a living embodiment of the joy of practice, and he will be sharing the wisdom of his extensive experience in meditation during this three-day schedule. Rinpoche's visit will take place from Friday the 6th to Sunday the 8th of July.

    During Lama Yeshe Rinpoche’s visit we will also celebrate the 20th Anniversary since Kagyu Samye Dzong London operned its first centre in 1998. The celebrations will take place on Saturday the 7th in the evening from 6pm and will consist of light entertainment, music and more.

    Click here to see the full programme for the weekend.

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    The first UK Kagyu Monlam, 22nd-29th May, 2018

    The first UK Kagyu Monlam will be held at Samye Ling from 22nd-29th May 2018.

    The Monlam will begin on the auspicious date of the anniversary of Lord Buddha's Birth on 22nd May and will finish on 29th May 2018, the anniversary of Lord Buddha's Enlightenment and Parinirvana.

    During the Monlam, KSD London will be slightly understaffed. For that reason there will be no Green Tara puja at 8am on Sunday 27th May, and there will be Chenrezig puja instead of Guru Rinpoche Tsok puja at 7pm that same evening.


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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 ›