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    Aspirations to End Adversity - online prayers led by HH the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa

    In the absence of the 2021 Kagyu Monlam, cancelled due to the coronavirus, His Holiness will be leading prayers online from the 20th - 27th January.  For more details see our news page.

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    Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend, online with Lama Zangmo

    Starting on Saturday 6th February, Lama Zangmo will be teaching on Nagarjuna's "Letter to a Friend".

    Despite its short length (123 verses), it covers the entire Mahayana path.

    The instructions combine a practical approach to daily conduct for both the lay householder and the ordained, with an explanation of the different stages leading to enlightenment.

    For full details, please visit the course page.

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    Introduction to meditation, online with Lama Zangmo in January

    This 3-week course is suited for those who would like to be introduced to the basics of meditation, and who would like to attend our morning online meditation sessions. It will also cover a brief introduction to the chants and prayers recited in those sessions.

    This course runs on Saturdays from 16th - 30th January 2021 from 11.00 - 11.45 am. For full details, please visit the course page.

     

     

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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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Buddhism

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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Meditation

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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Services

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 ›