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    Buddhism and Environmental Protection - a podcast from HH 17th Karmapa

    His Holiness the 17th Karmapa has long spoken of the importance of environmental protection and regularly encourages Buddhist students and others to engage in activities that benefit the natural world.

    In this podcast His Holiness talks about the current climate emergency and how he has become involved through promoting a vegetarian diet, the protection of forests, and by encouraging all monasteries and nunneries to partake in various conservation measures.

    The Karmapa teaches us how environmental protection accords with the Buddhist principles of compassion, interdependence, and loving-kindness, and how we can use these meditations to strengthen our resolve and reduce human greed and desire.

    The episode is in Tibetan with an English translation.

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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.

    If you are interested in joining a group to travel up by coach from London, please contact the office as soon as possible. If enough people want to join, we will hire a coach and travel up together..



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    Earth Day - Sunday 22nd April 2018

    His Holiness 17th Karmapa said:
    "As Buddhist practitioners, we believe that our actions must flow from our aspiration to benefit all sentient beings and safeguard our mother Earth and that this positive change in our societies must begin with ourselves first."
    On Earth Day, Sunday 22 April 2018, Kagyu Samye Dzong London is hosting a Day on  Environmental Protection for the Benefit of All. In addition to the reknowned editor of Resurgence magazine, Satish Kumar, we have a range of activities and speakers lined up covering topics including permaculture, plant-based diets, urban bee keeping, soil regeneration and more besides. Visit the event page for the latest information.  

    We hope you will be able to join us.
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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 ›