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Samye Dzong London partial re-opening - update

Posted on 17 Sep 2021


Samye Dzong London partial re-opening - update
We are happy to let you know that after a long period of closure, Kagyu Samye Dzong London will be opening its doors from Wednesday 8th September. We initially planned on opening at the end of August, but for various reasons have changed to early September.
 
We very much look forward to seeing everyone again and welcoming old friends as well as newcomers to the Centre. We are excited at the thought of dharma activities slowly returning to the centre again, and although we have had online dharma events during the closure, we have missed having the building full of people keen to practice and study the teachings. Below you will find information about the way to arrange a visit to the centre.
 
To begin with we are opening just two days a week, Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from 2.00 - 4.30 pm. However, there are a limited number of spaces and you do need to book in advance (see below). This is a tentative first step to help us see what works best, and we hope to gradually be able to increase the times.
 
How to book your visit
 
You can book your visit by going to our booking page where you can see which days and times are available. When you have successfully booked your slot you will receive an email with full instructions for your visit.
 
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.
 
The visits will start with lighting candles in the new butterlamp house, followed by a short shinay meditation session led by Lama Zangmo in the shrine room. After the meditation session you are welcome to continue your own practice in the shrine room or relax in the garden. The cafe / shop will not be open, however you are welcome to bring your own refreshments.
 
We would like to say a big thank you to all our dharma friends for your patience and support during the closure. We hope to gradually expand our opening hours as the covid situation continues to improve.
 
Welcoming you at KSDL
  • The entrance will be at the large wooden garden gates at the side of the Centre. (see picture above) A volunteer will be there to let you in and receive you.
  • Please arrive a few minutes before your allocated time. It will not be possible to leave and re-enter during your timeslot. The gates will only be open for a short period prior to your visit and will then be locked.
  • Once people have arrived Lama Zangmo will start the lightoffering and everyone is welcome to join.
  • Please bring a Dorje Chang text (downloadable from the website) and your own prayers.
  • Please bring a bag to put your shoes in and bring it with you into the Shrine Room.
  • During your visit you are welcome to use the courtyard and shrine room.
  • Our tearoom will not be open but you are welcome to bring your own refreshments and enjoy them in the courtyard.
Making your visit safe for yourself and others
  • There will be a sanitizing station at the entry gate so you can sanitize your hands.
  • If you or any members of your household have any Covid 19 symptoms, and/or a temperature, please stay at home.
  • We will ask you to check in with the NHS app or, if you don't have the app, we will ask for your contact details.
  • The seating in the shrineroom will be distanced and cushions will be laid out for you.
  • Please only sit in the allocated spaces.
  • Due to the distanced seating only a limited number of people will be able to visit at any one time.
  • Toilet facilities will be available at the back of the shrine room. These will be regularly sanitized for your safety.
  • When you have finished in the shrine room please follow the exit signs
  • Please remember to take all your belongings with you.
  • Volunteers will be available throughout your visit to point you in the right direction.
  • If you are unable to come, please let us know the day before so we can give your slot to someone else.
If you have any questions regarding your visit or our Covid measures please email ksdlondon@samye.org 
 
We very much look forward to welcoming you back to the Centre again.