Volunteer Day and Remembering Queen Elizabeth II

Sunday September 11th

We wanted to share a few images taken at KSDE on Sunday September 11th as Edinburgh prepared to receive the cortège of the late Queen Elizabeth.

The day started with a volunteer clean up, followed by tea and cake in the courtyard, then the planting and blessing of an oak tree in honour and memory of Queen Elizabeth II.

Finally we watched HH 17th Karmapa’s wonderful talk about the illustrious 3rd Karmapa, which seemed particularly relevant on this meaningful full moon day.

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Monday September 12th

In contrast to the modest remembrance of the Queen held in the KSDE courtyard on the previous day, Ani Rinchen was called upon to represent Samye Ling at the historic Ceremony at St Giles Cathedral.

As the Queen’s coffin was adorned wth the ancient Crown of Scotland, His Majesty King Charles III, members of the Royal family and the whole congregation sat in silent reflection. This was followed by a further Ceremony of Condolences and Tributes at the Scottish Parliament, celebrating the extraordinary legacy of the remarkable woman who has been our Queen for the last seven decades, most heartfelt of which was the tribute by her eldest son. Long Live King Charles III!

The Queen lying in State at St Giles Cathedral

KSDE at Climate Strike Edinburgh

Ani Rinchen and Sheila, flying the Karmapa’s Dream Flag, symbolising the interdependence of Heaven and Earth, Wisdom and Compassion, at the Climate Strike march
Ani Rinchen adds a Buddhist perspective to the Climate Change event outside the Scottish Parliament
A symbol designed by Ani Rinchen which merges the Wheel of Dharma with the Extinction Rebellion hourglass logo. Look out for it in upcoming environmental events at KSDE held in conjunction with XR

Khenpo Lhabu Drupon Rinpoche – Teachings at KSDE

A most blessed and joyful Anniversary Weekend with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May 2019

Lama Yeshe Rinpoche teaching, 2019
Lama Yeshe Rinpoche teaching, 2019
Lama Yeshe Rinpoche and audience
Lama Yeshe Rinpoche and audience
A rapt audience for Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, May 2019
A rapt audience for Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, May 2019
A rapt audience

After inspiration and meditation comes the celebration! Thanks to Lama Yeshe Rinpoche for blessing this KSDE Anniversary Weekend with his wisdom, loving kindness and joyful presence. Thanks too to all the lovely volunteers that made it happen and to everyone who came and made it both meaningful and fun!

Lama Yeshe Rinpoche and Ani Rinchen Khandro, May 2019
Lama Yeshe Rinpoche and Ani Rinchen Khandro
Anniversary tea party al fresco, May 2019
Anniversary tea party al fresco, 2019
Anniversary tea party al fresco
Flags in the courtyard, May 2019
Flags in the courtyard

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.

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.

Latest images from the new Samye Dzong Edinburgh

Here are some of the latest photos of the continuing work on our new home in Leith.

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Losar shrine preparation and torma making class

Photos from the course on Feburary 13th, 2016.

KSDE New Centre Update Meeting

Ani Rinchen Khandro and volunteers meet to make plans for our New Centre in Leith.

Photos from the Dharma Weekend with Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, September 2013

Lama Yeshe Rinpoche gave teachings at Samye Dzong Edinburgh on 28 and 29 September 2013.

Audio recordings from Lama Yeshe’s teachings are now available from our shop.

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Happy Losar!

On the eve of Tibetan New Year Samye Dzong members create a veritable hive of activity, cleaning, polishing and sweeping the shrine and shrine room then renewing all the offerings in time for Losar, the year of the water serpent.

Ani Rinchen Khandro’s Trip to India

Ani Rinchen Khandro’s pilgrimage to Bodhgaya for the 30th Kagyu Monlams, hosted by HH Karmapa at the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment, and to the Deer Park in Sarnath where the Buddha gave his first teachings.

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Kagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh moves into its new city centre home at 4 Walker Street

A collection of photos taken between 2010 and 2011 during preparations for the opening of the Kagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh centre.

A dedicated army of volunteer builders, decorators, cooks and cleaners transform an old office building into a beautiful dharma centre…