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    Support from the Centre during the lockdown

    Dear Friends,

    Now that the doors of the Centre are shut, we have been looking at how we can reach out to maintain the connection with the wider world and support people in these challenging times. 

    • Meditation sessions are now being 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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    Meditation sessions livestreamed daily from Samye Dzong London

    Meditation sessions are now being livestreamed from the Centre every day on our YouTube channel. We invite you to join the Samye Dzong community in meditation at the following days and times:

    8.30 - 9.00 am daily - Shinay meditation which will start with the Dorje Chang prayer and finish with the 21 Praises to Tara. If you don't have these texts you can download a PDF by clicking on the following links:

    Dorje Chang prayer

    21 Praises to Tara

    7.00 - 8.00 pm - Sunday evenings, Chenrezig Puja

    Simply go to  our YouTube channel where you can click on the latest livestream to see it and join in.

    We hope that as many of you as possible will be able to join us.

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    Visit of Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche

    We are delighted to announce that Lama Yeshe Rinpoche will be visiting the Centre from 24th - 26th July. 

    The programme for his visit will be varied and will include teachings on meditation topics (still to be decided) as well as teachings on the meaning of taking refuge.  During this visit he will give a Refuge Ceremony for those wishing to officially become Buddhists, and there will be an opportunity for parents to bring their children of any age along for a Children's Blessing.

    For more details visit the event page, where we will add a more detailed timetable closer to the day.  

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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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    Visit of Drupon Khen Rinpoche Karma Lhabu in May 2020

    We are extremely delighted to announce that Drupon Khen Rinpoche, Karma Lhabu, will be visiting us once again to give teachings on Thursday 21 May 2020 from 7.00 - 9.00 pm.

    The teaching will be suitable for both beginners and more advanced practitioners and the topic will be announced nearer the time. In the meantime this is definitely one to put in your diaries. 

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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 ›