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    Summer Teachings from His Holiness 17th Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje

    In this year's summer teachings, the Gyalwang Karmapa will continue last year's discussion of the origin of the Vajrayana, focusing on related issues in the transmission of early Buddhism, the development of the eighteen schools, and the spread of the Mahayana. Everyone who is interested is encouraged to watch and listen. 

    Click here to see the full timetable.

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    Housekeeper needed - full-time residential volunteer vacancy at KSDL

    We are looking for a full-time volunteer Housekeeper to join the community.

    The Housekeeper will keep the Centre clean five days a week, help out in the Tea Room, and assist with other jobs as and when needed.

    This is a full-time residential opportunity. We can offer bed and board, access to the Shrine Rooms, and you would be part of a warm and friendly community.

    You can read about what it's like to be a residential volunteer at the Centre in Rosa's article in the News section.

    If you're interested in taking up this position, please email the office.

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    New courses with Lama Zangmo from September


    For those of you new to meditation, Lama Zangmo will be running an Introduction to Meditation course on the weekend of the 3rd and 4th September.

    Somewhat more in-depth teachings start on 10th September with a four week course on The Eight Verses of Mind Training.

    And finally, for more established practitioners, Lama will be teaching the Ngondro Practice of Prostrations and Refuge over two Sunday afternoons, starting on 18th September.

    We hope to see as many of you as possible at these or our other forthcoming events, teachings and practices.

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    Ongoing support from the Centre

    Dear Friends,

    Although the Centre has now partially re-opened, we will continue to reach out to maintain the connection with the wider world.

    • 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 in need.

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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 ›