World Environment Day - Sunday 5th June - in-person only
This year we will celebrate World Environment Day at Kagyu Samye Dzong London with speakers from a variety of organisations.
The theme of World Environment Day 2022 is ‘Only One Earth’, with the focus on living sustainably in harmony with nature.
Keep an eye on the event page for more information.
Opening extended to Sunday afternoons from 1st May
Starting on 1st May the Centre will be opening up a little more - in addition to Wednesdays and Saturdays, we'll also be opening on Sundays. As with the other days we'll be open from 2.00 - 5.00 pm. Both the Tea Room and the front doors will be open throughout.
There will be in-person courses, although these will also be live-streamed. See the programme for what's coming up and when booking, please remember to state if you wish to attend in-person or online.
Simply Meditation, with Lama Zangmo - in-person only
On Sunday 12th June, from 2.00 - 5.00 pm, Lama Zangmo will lead an afternoon of meditation at the Centre.
This is an opportunity to spend an afternoon in silent meditation practice. Getting together with fellow practitioners gives strength and is an ideal environment where those who would like to sit more than they currently do, can be supported by the group endeavour of like-minded meditators.
For full details, please see the course page.
Making Light Offerings at KSDL
We will be doing a lightoffering of 108 lights every Sunday afternoon at 4.30 pm, dedicated to World Peace. Everyone is welcome to join.
Light a Lamp with a prayer and a wish for developing inner peace, kindness, love, compassion and world peace, so that we can make the world a better place today and tomorrow.
See our news story for full details.
Ongoing support from the Centre
Although the Centre has now partially re-opened, we will continue to reach out to maintain the connection with the wider world.
- Meditation sessions are livestreamed from the Centre from Wednesday to Sunday on our YouTube channel and we invite you all to join us. See the weekly programme for full details and downloads of the relevant prayers.
- Lama Zangmo continues to offer online teachings - see our programme page for details.
- Our email newsletter is sent out regularly. If you don't already susbscribe just click on this link and follow the instructions.
Our hope is that these activities will help maintain our connection with each other and support those in need.
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.
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 letter from Lama Zangmo
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›