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    HH 17th Karmapa teachings - January to February 2022

    His Holiness, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, will be offering teachings on The Thirty Verses from 23rd January to 8th February. Please see our News story for the timetable and details of how to watch the teachings.

    The Centre will be closed while the teachings are taking place (from 23 Jan - 9 Feb inclusive). However, our online morning meditation sessions and evening pujas will continue during that period. For full details of these, please check the weekly programme.

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    Lama Yeshe Rinpoche - online teaching and meditation

    Lama Yeshe Rinpoche will resume his end of month teaching and meditation on Sunday 30th January. We will provide further details nearer the time.

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    Lama Zangmo - new courses for 2022

    Lama Zangmo will be teaching two new courses online during February and March:

    The Dorje Chang Tungma is a 6 week course which runs on Sunday mornings from the 13th Febrary and

    Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, in which Lama will give instructions on the practice of Chenrezig, will take place on Saturday 19th February.

    Visit the course pages for more information and to book your place.



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    Mindfulness for life, online with Choden

    Choden will offer one hour mindfulness sessions over four Thursday evenings during February. 

    To learn more about these, and about how to become a mindfulness teacher, please visit the course page.

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    Visiting Samye Dzong London

    Kagyu Samye Dzong London is now open on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from 2.00 - 4.30 pm with no need to book. However, if you are visiting, please aim to be at the side gates by 2.00 pm.  The gates will only be open for admissions for a short while before being locked for the remainder of the afternoon.

    For full details, please see our News story. This covers the days we are open, the precautions we are taking, what steps we are asking you to take when attending, and also an outline of what will be happening while we are open.

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    Support from the Centre during the pandemic

    Dear Friends,

    Although the Centre has now partially re-opened, we will continue to reach out to maintain the connection with the wider world and support people in these challenging times. 

    • 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 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 ›