KSD Edinburgh re-opens on Monday January 8th

Happy New Year Everybody
Our wish for 2018 is for us all to be kind to ourselves,
kind to each other, and kind to our beautiful planet

KSD Edinburgh re-opens on Monday January 8th

We look forward to seeing you, hopefully rested, recharged and ready for the new year ahead. If not, no worries! Our full range of wholesome weekly activities will benefit body, mind and spirit. And our precious monthly Dharma courses are now available to book online, free of charge, or by donation.

If you are willing and able to offer a donation, you will accomplish the threefold benefit of:

  • Enabling KSD Edinburgh to flourish and provide teachings freely for all.
  • Helping those on low or no income to benefit from the Buddha Dharma.
  • Cultivating the noble quality of generosity that gathers virtue and merit.

May all beings be happy and create the causes of happiness.

Butter lamps

Glad Tidings for all, with the launch of an inspiring new Programme

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From January 1st 2018, Kagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh is offering all Dharma teachings free of charge. Our new Programme also provides a wealth of weekly Pujas, Meditation Sessions and Exercise Classes for health of mind and body. See our Courses and Weekly Programme web pages for bookings and information on all courses and events.

However, it is the precious Buddha Dharma which is the very heart of KSDE because of its invaluable benefit to beings. As it is beyond price, we wish to make the Dharma freely available to everyone. Therefore we hope that those who can, will support and enable the Centre to provide this much needed service for the good of all.

As Drupon Rinpoche said “The friends and sponsors of each Dharma Centre should take responsibility for its upkeep and enable it as a place where Buddha Dharma can flourish”. Inspired by this message, and with the blessings of Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, we cordially invite you to become a Friend of Kagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh.

Friends of KSDE

Kagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh is undoubtedly an iconic building, but it’s what happens on the inside that makes it such a precious resource. Dedicated volunteers work for free to keep the place running, but there are still considerable costs involved in the Centre’s upkeep and its sustainability as an oasis of peace, health, learning and inspiration.

By becoming Friends of Kagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh we can all take care and ownership of our Centre. In this way, we can enable the Buddha Dharma to be free for everyone and so cultivate the virtue of impartial generosity.  Blessings all round.

For a modest offering of £5, or £10 a month, (the price of a cup of coffee a week), we can make it happen!

Join the Circle of Friends today

Our Centre is in our hands

New Programme Launch

The new KSD Edinburgh Winter/Spring 2018 Programme, with full information on all courses and events, will be launched on Sunday December 10th and includes some very good tidings. We hope you’ll agree it’s been worth waiting for!

Please also note that the Centre closes for the winter holidays from Friday December 15th and re-opens for the new term on Monday January 8th 2018.  We wish you all a joyful holiday and a peaceful, healthy and happy New Year.


who stayed on after Medicine Buddha Puja last weekend and made a great job of keeping the Centre swept clean and cared for, inside and out.

Welcome to the Autumn Term at Kagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh

Hopefully you are all rested and recharged after the summer holidays. But if you’re suffering from Festival burn out, fear not. We have a revitalising programme of courses and events to relax, restore and re-energise health of mind and body.

For details of our weekday programme of Meditation Sessions, Pujas, Qigong, Yoga and Pilates classes see our Weekly Programme. And for information on all monthly Buddhist teachings and other special events see Courses and Events.

The first of these will be Teachings, Special Events and Celebrations of KSDE’s 7th Anniversary on September 29th and 30th. This starts on the Friday evening with a highly recommended public teaching by Lama Yeshe Rinpoche on The Alchemy of the Dharma, and concludes on Saturday evening with a screening of Akong – A Remarkable Life, an award winning film about our founder, Akong Tulku Rinpoche. As these events are likely to be very popular, please book early if you wish to attend. Everybody is welcome.

A change to the programme

Drupon Rinpoche, who was expected to teach at KSD Edinburgh on October 15th is regrettably not coming at this time. Hopefully Rinpoche will be able to come next year.

Meanwhile, for those who are unable to attend Drupon Rinpoche’s full courses at Samye Ling, Rinpoche will be giving a one day teaching there on Saturday October 7th on Methods of Cultivating Kindness.  This is part of the 4th Anniversary events being held to honour Akong Tulku Rinpoche. Further information is on the Samye Ling website.

Doors Open Day 2017

An additional event to our existing programme will be KSD Edinburgh’s participation in Doors Open Day on Sunday September 24th, 2pm to 5pm. This has come about at the invitation of the Cockburn Association who organise the event to celebrate Edinburgh’s iconic buildings.  As such we are honoured and happy to participate. However, we could do with a little help from our friends! See below.

A huge thank you to everyone who has ever volunteered their help at Samye Dzong Edinburgh! And now an invitation to anyone who can help us get the Centre ready for the upcoming Open Doors Day on the September 24th and the Anniversary Events with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche on September 29th/30th.


Volunteers enjoying an al fresco tea break

Jobs include, cleaning the exterior building and courtyard, weeding, sweeping etc. (please bring a trowel or similar useful tool if you have one),  as well as making the interior spick and span.

In addition we also need people able to help out on a regular basis with Admin, DIY, and General Upkeep so do let us know if you have an afternoon a week to spare.
Please drop us a line if you can assist, either on September 17th, or on a more regular basis. We’d love to hear from you!

Ode to Manchester

A poem by Ani Rinchen Khandro, AKA Jackie Glass, a Mancunian


The blood of Irish, Catholic immigrants

And Russian, Jewish refugees

Flows through the veins of this Buddhist nun,

A seeker of wisdom, compassion and peace,


Whose path has encircled the world and alights

Now in Edinburgh, where it has stayed.

But my heart cries out for Manchester,

For Manchester’s where I was made.


And I weep to see your suffering,

Caused by minds deluded by hate,

Yet tears of sadness are mixed with pride,

Seeing what makes my hometown so great.


Strength and kindness in adversity,

That brave, indomitable spirit,

Bred by love that welcomes diversity,

All embellished with pithy, street wit.


Mancunia, Mancunia!

That fortress of Northern souls,

Your red brick streets and fields of dreams,

Bear witness to impossible goals.


In grief we stand united,

United we’ll rise from the ruins,

Like so many who’ve gone before us,

For in Manchester, that’s how we do things.


Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok Puja

Guru RinpocheIn the holiest week of the Buddhist calendar, marking the Anniversary of both the Buddha’s Birth and his Enlightenment, it is said that the effect of our actions are multiplied by millions. Therefore it is the perfect time for Dharma practice dedicated to the benefit of all beings.

During this auspicious time KSD Edinburgh is offering a weekend course of instruction in all aspects of the Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Practice from June 2nd to the 4th. For details and bookings please visit this page.

The Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok Puja at 12pm, Sunday June 4th on Guru Rinpoche Day, concludes the course and is open for everyone to attend and share the sacred feast. There is no need to book for this but it would be helpful if you could drop us an email if you wish to attend.

Donations and/or food offerings for the Tsok are welcome.

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche course cancelled

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche’s course cancelled due to the historic UK visit of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche is presently very busy preparing for the proposed visit to the UK of HH Karmapa and regrets that he will be unable to fulfil his own teaching commitments at KSD Edinburgh and at other Centres during May.

We hope that all those who are able to attend His Holiness Karmapa’s teachings in London on May 20th/21st will avail themselves of this wonderful opportunity.

KSD Edinburgh will automatically refund the course contributions of those who have already booked on Ringu Tulku Rinpoche’s course, unless instructed by you to use it as a donation towards our imminent roof repairs and maintenance costs.

Thank you for your patience and understanding

Joyful Lama Meaningful Dharma

Drupon Rinpoche giving precious teachings at KSD Edinburgh.


KSDE Official Opening Ceremony

A happy throng gathered at Samye Dzong Edinburgh over the weekend of September 24th and 25th 2016 to enjoy an eventful and meaningful time with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche.

After giving Refuge and an inspiring public talk, Lama Rinpoche presided over the Official Opening Ceremony alongside Guest of Honour Sir David Steel. As they cut the ceremonial ribbon across the threshold, the jahlings, ably played by Ani Lhamo and Ani Kunzang, signalled the door to open as if by magic and piped everyone inside.

There followed a Guru Rinpoche Tsok Puja lead by Tulku Urgyen and Ani Rinchen Khandro, culminating in a sacred feast enjoyed by all. And as Lama Yeshe Rinpoche left to return to Samye Ling, a beautiful rainbow appeared over Leith, surely a blessing from Guru Rinpoche himself!

The opening day was documented by ace photographer Ai-Lan, a selection of whose memorable images can be seen below.

Autumn Term

Greetings one and all, and welcome to the new Autumn Term at KSD Edinburgh. We hope you’ve had an enjoyable summer and are now recharged and ready to avail yourselves of some of the great courses, teachings and regular Dharma practices on offer.

We re-open this Monday September 5th with a new look weekly programme so do check information on all Pujas, Meditation sessions, Qigong and Yoga classes.

We also have some exciting monthly events lined up, including a weekend of teachings, meditation and celebration of our “official opening” with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche over the last weekend of September. And in October we are fortunate to be hosting Lama Drupon Rinpoche for more of his precious teachings. Please note that all monthly events need to be booked online so do book early to be sure of your place.

Saturdays in September, 10am to 4pm – Filling, Sanding, Painting and Cleaning
And finally, just a wee heads up to anyone willing and able to lend a hand. Why not throw on your old clothes and come join us in putting the finishing touches to our beautiful new Centre in readiness for the official opening celebrations!

We look forward to seeing you at KSD Edinburgh in the new term for any or all of the above and much more.

May all beings be happy and create the causes of happiness.

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche Teachings, June 2016 – Photo Gallery

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche delivers the first Dharma teaching of a visiting Lama in the new Centre Shrine Room. It was a most inspiring and joyful time for everyone. Rinpoche said how much he liked the new Centre, that it was a true Dzong and that he really enjoyed his stay.
May this be the first of many such visits.

Inauguration of Kagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh, 25 Bernard Street, Leith

Inauguration of the new KSD Edinburgh Dharma Centre at 25 Bernard Street , Leith on May 21st 2016, on the Anniversary of The Buddha’s Enlightenment.

Latest pictures from our new centre in Leith

Shrine Room preparations and volunteers re-fuelling in the run up to the inauguration on Saturday May 21st. Work is ongoing this week and help is always welcome!


May 21st – Inauguration of the new Kagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh

Your Centre Needs You!

May is for moving, but there is still lots of work to do. Help is needed from now and throughout May in order to get our beautiful new Centre ready in time for the Inauguration on the 21st.

WEEKENDS are designated for finishing the decorating, laying the Shrine Room floor, clearing the space and getting it ready to receive the contents of Walker Street. So get on your old jeans, roll up your sleeves and come along! (anytime from 10am to 4pm)

WEEKDAYS are for packing up in Walker Street and transporting everything to Bernard Street. If you have a few hours to lend a hand your help would be much appreciated. We also need packing boxes and transport, so car or van owners are especially welcome! (anytime from10am to 5pm)

OTHER WAYS TO HELP  If you can’t manage to give your time, please consider making a donation. Creating a Dharma Centre is a costly business so all donations, great or small, help to offset the expense and are much needed and appreciated.

Thank You

The new Kagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh, Leith

Our first Summer Programme at the Bernard Street Centre includes a full weekday schedule of Pujas, Meditation Sessions, Qigong, Tai Chi and Yoga classes starting from Monday June 6th.
* Monthly events start on May 21st with the Inauguration, presided over by Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, on the Wheel Day of the Buddha’s Enlightenment.
* In June we have the much awaited visit from Ringu Tulku Rinpoche who will be teaching on Living, Dying and the Bardo.
* Ani Rinchen Khandro will also be presenting the 3rd and 4th Parts of the Four Preliminary Foundations on Karma and Samsara in June and July respectively.For details and course bookings please see our website.
You can also pick up full colour printed programmes at both Centres.
We look forward to seeing you for any or all of the above, and meanwhile hope you feel inspired to join us in helping to create a wonderful Dharma Centre for the benefit of all sentient beings.