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Welcome to Kagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh (KSDE) Buddhist Meditation Centre. We are the city branch of the world renowned Samye Ling Monastery, which was established in 1967 as the first Centre of Tibetan Buddhism in the West.

The centre offers a beautiful space for meditation and courses to benefit mind, body and spirit. People of all all faiths and none are welcome.

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November is a busy month for Kagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh, both in the Centre and with extramural activities. On November 1st Ani Rinchen Khandro participated in the inaugural event to launch the Buddhist Studies course at New College in Edinburgh University’s School of Divinity. This further strengthened the connection between the KSDE and New College where Drupon Rinpoche had given teachings only last month.

The following day saw a collaborative event held at KSDE with informed speakers from Extinction Rebellion followed by Ani Rinchen, who added a Buddhist perspective of reincarnation, karma, and our interdependence with the environment. The event was well attended with an engaged and diverse group contributing to the discussion, which segued into profoundly pertinent quotes by HH Karmapa, followed by a period of meditation and was rounded off by screening relevant clips from the CARE Concert, (Conservation Aid for Rainforests and Elephants).

The upcoming course on November 9th – Before and After Refuge, is divided into two sessions. The morning, from 10.30am to 1.00pm concerns the meaning of Refuge and Bodhicitta and is helpful for people who may be considering taking Refuge in the Buddhist faith. The afternoon session, from 2.00pm to 4.30pm is for those who have already taken Refuge, practised the Four Preliminaries and are ready to start the Special Foundation Practices.

The last weekend course of the month on November 24th, Surviving and Thriving in the 21st Century, is given by Clive Holmes who will give valuable advice from a Buddhist perspective but in a secular presentation accessible to all. We look forward to seeing you for any of the above courses, which must be booked, as well as for our weekly evening drop in sessions. May all beings be happy and create the causes of happiness.

Find full information on our weekly schedule of classes, prayer and meditation sessions and our monthly courses, teachings and events online.

Khenpo Drupon Rinpoche, Ani Rinchen Khandro, Kunga and Choden with Senior Lecturer Dr. Naomi Appleton and colleagues at Edinburgh University's New College in the School of Divinity.
Khenpo Drupon Rinpoche, Ani Rinchen Khandro, Kunga and Choden with Senior Lecturer Dr. Naomi Appleton and colleagues at Edinburgh University’s New College in the School of Divinity.