A message from Lama Zangmo
Posted on 5 Sep 2020
When Samye Dzong London went into lockdown on 22 March, our last day open to the public, we imagined things might return to normal after a month or two. We had a thriving centre in March with a full and busy programme of events, and it all came to a complete and abrupt standstill.
I remember making plans for the early summer, including some of us going to the Kagyu Monlam in Samye Ling in late May, and then later wondering if it would be possible to go to the Kagyu Monlam in Spain in July. The goal post kept moving further away, as it became clear that this thing was going to be with us for some time.
Despite all the teachings on impermanence, I don't think any of us had imagined how close to home this would hit. We never thought our source of Dharma would become inaccessible, and all the Dharma centres around the world would be shut down. We can view it as another wake up call that shakes us out of the complacency of thinking that the Dharma is external, like solid brick and mortar that we can lean on. It reminds us that we need to look inwards to find something we can truly rely on. There are many things we can learn from this.
I look forward to the day when we can open the doors again and continue the teachings and activities, which seemed to benefit so many people. Meanwhile we will tentatively dip our toes in the unfamiliar waters of running online courses. As part of that we will soon contact those of you who were attending the Dharma course on Advice from a Yogi and arrange to continue that course online for those who wish.
However, in order to keep our residents, as well as the public, safe in this changeable climate, we feel it is best to be cautious and keep the centre closed for the foreseeable future. We will keep you updated of any changes.
Stay healthy and safe,