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    Prayers for Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche on 8th October

    The 8th October is the Anniversary of the passing of our precious teacher Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche.

    You are invited to join us online for an evening of prayers from Samye Dzong London to express our gratitude and devotion and to pray for his swift return.

    The prayers start at 7pm, and a detailed schedule will be posted here in time, as well as in our coming newsletter.
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    When will Samye Ling and the Samye Dzongs re-open?

    Since the Trustees meeting in June, the situation at Samye Ling has been reviewed and the decision taken to remain closed until the end of 2020

    Samye Dzong London will continue to be closed for the foreseeable future, and most likely will also stay closed till the end of the year (see A Message From Lama Zangmo). We will continue with the livestreamed meditations and, in addition, are looking at putting together a programme of online teachings during the autumn. Details of these will be posted on the website and will be advertised in our email newsletter as soon as they are confirmed.

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    From a Mountain in Tibet

    Lama Yeshe Rinpoche's latest book has been published by Penguin Books. An autobiography which takes us all the way through his life starting on...a mountain in Tibet. If you think you know Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, read this book and fill in some of the gaps.  Then you'll understand why he says that if he can tame his mind - anybody can. Very readable, fascinating, inspiring, and available from all good booksellers now.

    To see some of the press coverage, just visit our news 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 our announcement for full details and downloads of the relevant prayers.

    • Lama Zangmo is accepting questions by email and will answer a selection in our email newsletter. Just email the office with any questions you have.

    • 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 ›