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    Update - shooting ranges near Samye Ling

    Eskdalemuir Community Council has now received notification of a renewed application from the developers to proceed as a “major development”, with a Proposal of Application Notice (POAN) having now been submitted to Dumfries and Galloway Council to approve their proposed rifle range.

    Please read our full news story to find out how you can help prevent this.

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    Long Life Prayer for HH 17th Karmapa

    In Lama Yeshe Rinpoche's letter to all the Samye Dzongs he writes:

    "February 12th 2021, according to the Tibetan Lunar calendar, is Losar, Tibetan New Year, heralding the beginning of the Year of the Ox. This is a special year for our Supreme Lineage Guru His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje. It is his birth year which come around once every 12 years. During this year it is particularly important to pray and accumulate virtue dedicated to His Holiness' long life, good health and ever-increasing Dharam activities..

    His Holiness is my own root guru and as Abbot, I am asking all Centres to say prayers dedicated to His Holiness."

    In the light of this we will be adding a long life prayer for His Holiness at the end of each morning's meditation, immediately after the 21 Praises to Tara. You can download a PDF copy of the long life prayer to print out. 

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    Recorded teachings now on the website and on YouTube


    This year we have started recording Lama Zangmo's teachings and adding them to the website. Simply click on "Recorded teachings" on the menu bar above and, on the left hand side of the screen you will see a list of courses for which recordings are available. 

    If you have been unable to attend a course, or missed a session, here's you're chance to catch up.

    Also, on our YouTube channel, you can now find a series of short teachings by Lama Zangmo, the most recent of which is "Our Inner Wealth" which is just under 12 minutes.  This is from her series of teachings from Padampa Sangye's classic text, 'Advice to the People of Tingri'.

    To see what other teachings are available, just visit our YouTube channel.


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    Support from the Centre during the pandemic

    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 the weekly programme for full details and downloads of the relevant prayers.

    • 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 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 letter 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 ›