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4 Dec 2022
2022 Residents September

Volunteer for a Year: Part Three – Devovere Vivere!

"Every being without exception, has the vajra mind, eternal and blissful. I dedicate the virtue (generated by this practice) to them, since it brings Buddhahood - immortality, through the union of skills and understanding, and entry into changelessness, through the inner path. Through this virtue may I quickly achieve the mahamudra and thereafter may I bring all beings, without exception, to that same state." Ngondro Pecha Text 40b/41a

11 Nov 2022

Volunteer for a Year (Part Two: Vade Mecum)

"In the sandalwood forests of the Malaya mountains, when an ordinary tree falls, its wood is gradually impregnated with the sweet perfume of the sandal. After some years that ordinary wood comes to smell as sweet as the sandal trees around it. In just the same way, if you live and study with a perfect teacher full of good qualities, you will be permeated by the perfume of those qualities and in everything you do you will come to resemble him."

26 Sep 2022
2022 Residents September

Volunteer for a Year (Part One: Dulcius ex Asperis)

“You yourselves must strive; the Buddhas only point the way. Those meditative ones who tread the path are released from the bonds of Mara.” Dhammapada

3 Sep 2022
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Morning meditation moves to 8.00 am

Starting from Wednesday 7th September, the livestreamed morning meditation will be taking place from 8.00 - 8.30 am. We hope that the earlier start will make it easier for more people to join us in the morning.

17 Jul 2022
2022 Residents picnic

A month makes all the difference! A volunteer's experience

 A month makes a difference - it really does! Here is what Rosa Navas (on the left in the picture), Colombian, Filmmaker and Londoner, has to say about her one-month residential stay at the Kagyu Samye Dzong London Centre.

9 Jul 2022

12 Jun 2022

We Need Your Help for our Fundraiser on 9 July 2022!

We Need Your Help for our Fundraising Skills Auction on Saturday 9th July 2022!

7 May 2022
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Making Light Offerings at KSDL

We will be doing a lightoffering of 108 lights every Sunday afternoon at 4.30pm, dedicated to World Peace. Everyone is welcome to join.  

24 Apr 2022
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Beyond Two Worlds - update

Yesterday, Saturday 23rd of April, KSD London held a special and memorable screening of the documentary, "Beyond Two Worlds", in aid of Ukrainian women and children who are staying in a temporary shelter in Wroclaw, Poland. ROKPA International and ROKPA Poland are distributing the funds.

20 Mar 2022
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HH 17th Karmapa - the Arya Kshema Spring Dharma Teachings

The Arya Kshema Spring Dharma Teachings: Two Autobiographical Praises by Mikyö Dorje 19th March – 19th April, 2022

25 Feb 2022

9 Jan 2022
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Five Ways to Wellbeing

Good Thinking UK, an NHS digital mental wellbeing service designed specifically for Londoners, has been working with The Buddhist Society and the Network of Buddhist Organisations to develop the Five Ways to Wellbeing and Buddhism – a new resource to support the mental health and wellbeing of the Buddhist community living across our city.

4 Jan 2022
HHK teaching schedule winter 2022

30 Dec 2021
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The KSD Johannesburg 1,008 Buddhas Project

Kagyu Samye Dzong Johannesburg is counting up to 1008 Buddhas for the new Kensington Temple Shrine.

20 Nov 2021

Winter Closure

Spa road Winter

10 Oct 2021

A positive approach to mental health

Lothlorien is a therapeutic community for people with mental health problems, situated in a quiet rural setting in South West Scotland. It has been run since 1989 by the Rokpa Trust, an international charity founded by Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche of Samye Ling Tibetan Centre in Dumfriesshire. Buddhist values of compassion and tolerance are the basis of our approach, but we are not a religious community and are open to everyone.

6 Oct 2021
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Events marking the passing of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche

This Friday, 8th October, marks the 8th anniversary of the passing of Akong Rinpoche and there are two livestreamed events taking place: in the morning from Samye Ling, and in the evening from Samye Dzong London.

25 Sep 2021
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Guidelines for visiting the Centre

Kagyu Samye Dzong London is normally open on two afternoons a week (please check *the Contact page/contact-us/* to make sure), Wednesday and Saturday from 2.00 - 3.30 pm. Entry is via the large wooden garden gates at the side of the Centre which will be closed and locked shortly after the session begins, so you will need to be punctual. See the picture of entrance above.

27 Aug 2021
Green Tara

19 Aug 2021
2021 summer teachings

HH 17th Karmapa summer teachings 2021

Mar Ngok Summer Teachings //

31 Jul 2021
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The Best Gift You Can Give

Lama Zangmo writes:

26 Jun 2021
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Thirty-sixth Birthday Message from HH 17th Gyalwang Karmapa

I would like to offer my greetings and Tashi Delek to all of you.

3 May 2021

May Newsletter

Kagyu Samye Dzong London

13 Mar 2021

Help preserve the peace of Samye Ling now!

*There is great concern about a planning application for two shooting ranges close to Samye Ling Buddhist Monastery in Eskdalemuir valley.** *

14 Feb 2021
HHK Long Life Prayer

Long life prayer for HH 17th Gyalwang Karmapa

*Download a PDF copy to print out.*

23 Jan 2021
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A Butter Lamp House for Samye Dzong London

For quite some time we have had plans to build a butter lamp house in the Samye Dzong London courtyard, and this idea is now becoming a reality.

10 Jan 2021

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

His Holiness  has announced eight days of prayers later this month.

24 Dec 2020

A message from Lama Zangmo

Dear Friends, 

23 Dec 2020

Medicine Buddha puja to be livestreamed on Wednesdays from 6th January 2021

Starting on 6th January Samye Dzong London will be live streaming the Medicine Buddha practice weekly on Wednesday evenings at 7.00 pm.  Everyone is welcome to join us on our YouTube Channel.

15 Nov 2020

27 Oct 2020
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New book about Akong Rinpoche - how to get one - UPDATE

We are pleased to announce the release of the book 'Only the Impossible is Worth Doing - Recollections of the Supreme Life and Activity of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche" which has been written by students of Rinpoche and  has a Foreword by HH 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje.

5 Sep 2020

5 Sep 2020

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. 

4 Sep 2020

From a Mountain in Tibet - Lama Yeshe Rinpoche's autobiography

Lama Yeshe Rinpoche's book, From a Mountain in Tibet, has been published by Penguin Books. This is an excerpt from the book describing the flight from Tibet into India:

19 Jul 2020

A Day of Meditation on Chokhor Duchen - Friday 24th July

On the auspicious occasion of Chokhor Duchen (the anniversary of Shakyamuni Buddha's First Teaching), which this year falls on July 24th, 2020, we invite you to join the Samye Dzong London community online for a day dedicated to positive aspiration prayers and meditation practice.

22 Jun 2020

Celebrate the birthday of HH 17th Karmapa online with us this Friday, 26th June

On Friday 26th June we will be celebrating the birthday of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa with a series of livestreamed prayers and meditations running between 2.00 - 8.00 pm.  Below is the full programme with links to the relevant texts if you don't already have them.

29 May 2020

Saga Dawa Programme 5th June

*Saga Dawa Programme 5th June*

29 May 2020

Drupon Rinpohe daily livestreamed teachings - 1st - 14th June

*The Liberation Stories of The Kagyu Masters*

3 May 2020

18 Apr 2020

HH 17th Gyalwang Karmapa to lead daily livestreamed prayers - 18th-24th April

Prayers for the Pandemic to Subside - April 18th to 24th, 15:00 British Summer Time (14:00 GMT)

12 Apr 2020

29 Mar 2020

Meditation Sessions livestreamed daily from Samye Dzong London

*Meditation sessions are now being livestreamed from the Centre every day on our YouTube channel.*

28 Mar 2020

New daily blog from the Centre

*We have now started a daily blog from the Centre*

13 Mar 2020

26 Jan 2020

9 Nov 2019
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Reducing single use plastic in the Centre

At Samye Dzong London one of our aims is to reduce our impact on the environment. As part of that we try to reduce our use of plastics, and we would therefore like to urge course participants to please either bring their own food in reusable containers or consider ordering the vegetarian food offered in the centre's café. The majority of ready-made supermarket meals are unfortunately wrapped in non-recyclable plastic and we ask course participants to refrain from bringing those to the centre.

28 Sep 2019
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Vacancy - volunteer manager of the Tibetan Tea Rooms

We are looking for someone with experience of working in a cafe to come to Samye Dzong London to volunteer in the Tibetan Tea Room for a trial period with the view to become the long-term manager of the Tibetan Tea Room in Samye Ling in Scotland. The role requires someone who is reliable, well organised and has good communication skills.

1 Sep 2019

New autumn events and visiting teachers

*Kagyu Samye **Dzong London*

24 Jun 2019

24 May 2019
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18 Apr 2019

Karma, Cause and Effect, with Ringu Tulku

*Kagyu Samye **Dzong London*

1 Apr 2019

Working with the Emotions

*Kagyu Samye **Dzong London*

24 Feb 2019

Coming soon - the 2nd UK Kagyu Monlam

*Kagyu Samye **Dzong London*

23 Jan 2019

9 Dec 2018
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What Samye Dzong has in store for you in 2019

 *Kagyu Samye **Dzong London*

10 Nov 2018
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Akong - A Remarkable Life now Available in our Shop

Akong - A Remarkable Life is now for sale in our shop. This film is about the inspirational life of Chöje Akong Tulku Rinpoche and documents his powerful message of loving-kindness and compassion and his humanitarian work around the world.

1 Nov 2018

Better health through meditation

 *Kagyu Samye **Dzong London*

30 Sep 2018

Mind training with Drupon Rinpoche

 *Kagyu Samye **Dzong London*

1 Sep 2018

Welcome back

*Kagyu Samye **Dzong London*

10 May 2018
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Data Protection New Regulations Statement

New EU regulations governing data protection come into effect on 25th May 2018 that greatly strengthen the rights of supporters and donors with regard to consent on how much information they receive about charitable activities in the future.

5 May 2018
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Earth Day 2018

On Earth Day 22nd of April 2018, Kagyu Samye Dzong London hosted a day of talks, films and activities to raise awareness around the need to care for our planet, and to inspire us to do so. We are proud to follow the lead in this of *His Holiness the 17th Karmapa[about-us/teachers/his-holiness-the-17th-gyalwang-karmapa-ogyen-drodul-trinley-dorje/]*, who personally drew up environmental instructions for all his monasteries, and 108 points of guidance for other followers.

7 Jan 2018

New Year, New Beginnings at Kagyu Samye Dzong London

*Kagyu Samye  Dzong London News*

18 Dec 2017

Winter Closure - 18th Dec - 9th Jan inclusive

The Centre will close after the Chenrezig Puja on *Sunday 17th December* and will reopen on* Wednesday 10th January 2017*.

1 Nov 2017

23 Oct 2017
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5 Oct 2017
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Residential Meditation Retreat - Training for This Life and Beyond with Lama Zangmo

This retreat starts with supper on 28th Dec and finishes with lunch on 2nd Jan.

14 Sep 2017
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Akong - a Remarkable a Life Update

The award winning film *AKONG – A Remarkable Life* has been building on its own success and has been shown at over 50 venues so far since its release in March 2017.  Almost half of the venues being cinemas with the other half including Community centres, Universities, Buddhist centres, Societies and film festivals throughout the world.

13 Sep 2017

Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja September Update

This month's *Guru Rinopoche tsok puja*, on* Sunday the 24th of September*, has been replaced by a *Chenrezik puja*. The reason for this is because most of the Sangha will be away during that time.

29 Jul 2017

4 Jul 2017

14 Jun 2017

June Newsletter

June 2017  

26 May 2017
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Centre Closure Saturday the 27th of May

The centre will be closed on Saturday the 27th of May due to the fact that His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa will bestow an Amitayus Empowerment in Surrey. 

16 May 2017

Interconnected - the new book by HH the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Interconnected book cover *Plucked from a humble nomad family to become the leader of one of Tibet’s oldest Buddhist lineages, the young Seventeenth Karmapa draws on timeless values to create an urgent ethic for today’s global community. *

5 May 2017

The Centre will be closed from Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st May inclusive

Due to the visit of His Holiness, the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, Kagyu Samye Dzong London will be closed from Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st inclusive.

4 May 2017
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NEW Announcement from Karmapa Visit UK Organisers

Announcement from the Karmapa Visit UK Organisers

3 May 2017
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Akong - A Remarkable Life Future Screenings

We are pleased to announce that there will be another London screening of *Akong - A Remarkable Life*. This will take place at  ‘The Hive’ in Dalston at *7pm *on *Wednesday 17th* of *May*.

30 Apr 2017

5 Apr 2017

23 Mar 2017

22 Mar 2017

4 Mar 2017

26 Feb 2017

Losar Tashi Deleg - Year of the Fire Bird

Everyone at Kagyu Samye Dzong London wishes you a Happy Tibetan New Year, the Year of the Fire Bird.  May the coming year be full of abundance, peace and happiness for all.

11 Feb 2017

5 Jan 2017

January 2017 Newsletter

January 2017   

30 Oct 2016

26 Oct 2016
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Embracing Death and Dying day - Saturday 29th October

Join us for our third Annual Death & Dying Day: A Celebration of Life Through Reflection on Death'. Our previous events were a huge success and we would like to welcome you all again this year.

4 Sep 2016

18 Aug 2016

17 Jul 2016

July/August Newsletter

July/August 2016   

1 Jun 2016

29 May 2016
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Raffle Tickets for Circle of Nourishment

Kagyu Samye Dzong London tearoom and office are now selling raffle tickets with a beautiful textile thanka of Shakyamuni Buddha as the *First Prize*. The *Second Prize* is a beautiful singing bowl and the *Third Prize* is a Rokpa Women's Workshop Mediation Cushion. The runners up prize is a special vegan cake with not-so-secret secret ingredients.

25 Apr 2016

May Newsletter

May 2016  

16 Apr 2016

Journey From Zanskar - a screening with the Director

We are very pleased to be hosting a special screening of the film “Journey From Zanskar” at Kagyu Samye Dzong. The director, Frederick Marx, will be here in person to exhibit the film and hold a Q&A, a great opportunity to learn more about the fascinating trials and tribulations of the several years it took to make the film.

1 Apr 2016

9 Mar 2016
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His Holiness Karmapa's 3rd European Visit!

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, will be visiting Europe for a third consecuvtive year to give teachings and bestow empowerments. His 3rd visit has now been confirmed and all necessary clearances have been given by the relevant authorities.

9 Mar 2016
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1 Feb 2016

9 Jan 2016
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Registration Open for a New Online Dharma Course offered by Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche

Please read below a message from The English Translation Group at *Larung Gar* which is Under the Direction of *Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche*

1 Jan 2016

January 2016 Newsletter

January 2016  

1 Dec 2015

1 Nov 2015

30 Sep 2015

10 Sep 2015
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Farewell to Manor Place

Dear Friends,

5 Sep 2015

16 Aug 2015
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Spa Road closed 27th August - 1st September inclusive

Although the Centre has recently been closed for three weeks, we will be closed again for a week at the end of August.  This is because the sangha and many of our residents will be travelling to Germany for the teachings being given by His Holiness the Karmapa.

12 Jul 2015

14 Jun 2015
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Courtyard Inauguration Party - Friday 19th June from 6.30 pm

This is a chance for you to spend some informal time with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche.  As well as seeing the ceremonial planting of a Bodhi tree you will also be able to  listen to some live music and enjoy homemade food including spring rolls. There will also be a caricaturist drawing pictures, a plant sale and a skills auction (more about which below).  All money raised during the evening will be going towards the work of ROKPA in helping the earthquake victims in Nepal. 

1 Jun 2015

June 2015 Newsletter

June 2015  

7 May 2015

Film night in aid of Nepal - Friday 15th May

"The Only Son" Film night at Spa Road in aid of Nepal

26 Apr 2015

May Newsletter

May 2015  

25 Apr 2015
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Full programme for the visit of Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche

We are delighted to welcome Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, the Abbot of Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery, to Kagyu Samye Dzong London. This is an opportunity to receive meditation instructions and advice from a highly accomplished meditation Master who has spent many years in solitary retreat. He will be assisted over the weekend by Ani Lhamo, an experienced nun who has spent more than four years in retreat.

2 Apr 2015

29 Mar 2015
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Spa Road closed on the weekend of 4th-5th April

We will be holding a closed Nyungney Retreat/programme/all-events/nyungney-easter-weekend-retreat/ over the Easter Weekend starting on Saturday 4th April and finishing on the morning of Monday 6th April. If you wish to attend this reatreat advance booking is essential and we will not be admitting people who turn up on the day.

22 Mar 2015
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Akong - a remarkable life - progress on the film

Chico Dall'Inha and Vin Harris write:

1 Mar 2015

Suspension of live meditations and pujas

Due to ongoing network problems, we have decided to temporarily suspend the live morning and evening pujas. We are working to upgrade our network to fibre and will resume our live streams when this work has been carried out.


*We are currently closed for the duration of HH Karmapa's teachings.*