Film Show in honour of Akong Tulku Rinpoche

As we eagerly anticipate a wonderful weekend of teachings and Dharma activities with Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche we are pleased to announce an important additional event. In honour and commemoration of Akong Tulku Rinpoche we will be showing a short film giving a glimpse into his extraordinary life and work.

The film will be shown between 5.30pm and 6.10pm on Saturday 20th September 2014 as part of the Dharma Weekend.

For more information and bookings, visit the Dharma Weekend webpage.

August at KSDE

Kagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh is closed throughout August for the summer holidays. The Centre re-opens on Monday September 8th for the Autumn term with a full programme of weekly sessions and monthly courses. Details of all these can be found on the calendar and course bookings can be made online.

Changes to July’s programme

The weekly programme in July will run as usual except for the following changes:
In place of the 7.30pm – 8.30pm Monday Evening Guided Meditation,
the 12.30pm -1.30pm Wednesday Lunchtime Meditation
and the 7pm – 8.30pm Wednesday Evening Buddhist Study Group
the Shrine Room will be available for people to do their meditation and Dharma practice during those times.

Other weekly Pujas and classes in July will be unaffected and of course the last monthly course of the summer term will be Rob Nairn’s Living, Dreaming and Dying on the weekend of July 26th-27th

And finally, a reminder that Samye Dzong Edinburgh will be closed for the summer break throughout August and will re-open on Monday September 8th. Meanwhile, to whet your appetite for the Autumn term, we will be launching our new and exciting Autumn Programme 2014 on July 1st! You can also pick up a full colour printed copy next time you are at the Centre or find details on this website.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Important changes to programme week commencing 26th May

Dear Friends of Samye Dzong Edinburgh,

As you may know, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa will soon be visiting Europe for the first time and giving precious teachings and empowerments in Germany. Ani Rinchen Khandro will be representing Samye Dzong Edinburgh at these events and many other members of the Samye Dzong community will also be attending. This means that there will be some changes to the regular weekly programme at Samye Dzong during the last week of May.

In place of Chenrezi Puja on Tuesday May 27th, Lunchtime Meditation on May 28th, Tara Puja on May 29th and Guided Meditation on June 2nd the Shrine room will be open and available for personal practice and meditation from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. (Yoga classes and the Buddhist study group are unaffected). Normal service will resume on Tuesday June 3rd with Chenrezi Puja at the usual time. We hope you will not be too inconvenienced by these temporary changes, but rather rejoice at the reason for them!

Whether or not you are able see HH Karmapa in Germany, you may wish to attend the course on The Karmapa Incarnations at KSD Edinburgh on June 15th which includes a screening of His Holiness’s recent teachings, the next best thing to seeing him!

May all beings be happy,

Ani Rinchen Khandro

Last Saturdays: Dohas of The Kagyu Lineage Masters

On the last Saturday of each month, Samye Dzong Edinburgh is offering the following opportunities for practice, reflection and meditation:

10.30am to 12.30 pm Ngondro Practice
The Shrine Room and Peace Hall will be available for people wishing to do their personal practice of the Four Foundations in a peaceful environment alongside other like minded practitioners.

12.30 pm to 1.30pm Tea/Lunch break
Tea and biscuits available in the Peace Hall. People staying for the full day are also welcome to bring a packed lunch.

2pm to 4pm Dohas of The Kagyu Lineage Masters
Ani Rinchen Khandro presents an overview of the lives of the precious Kagyu Lineage founders with an example from their teachings as a subject for discussion, reflection and meditation. Saturday February 22nd is devoted to Milarepa.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about the Kagyu lineage, so be sure to come along!

Happy New Year one and all!

We hope you have had an enjoyable winter break and are now ready to join us for the new term at Samye Dzong Edinburgh where we have a wide range of courses, teachings and weekly activities to benefit body, mind and spirit. We look forward to seeing you soon and meanwhile wish you all a happy and healthy 2014.

Winter Break

Please note that Samye Dzong Edinburgh is open for our daily programme of prayers, classes, and meditation sessions until Friday December 20th when we close for the winter break.

The Centre will re-open on Monday January 6th 2014 with a full and varied range of monthly courses as well as our regular weekly programme. Full details of all our courses and events can be found by clicking on the menu bar at the top of the page or on the calendar to the right.

We look forward to seeing you again soon at Samye Dzong Edinburgh and in the meantime wish you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.

Message From Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche

19th October 2013

Dear Friends,

It has taken me a little time to organise all the things I had to do here before I could write to let you all know my thoughts. Now that I’ve had time to reflect, it is time to let all dharma students know.

When I learnt the circumstances of my brother’s death and the identities of those who killed him and his nephew and driver, I felt extremely sorry for them because it shows how one moment of misguided anger can ruin so many lives. So, instead of feeling angry I feel compassion for them and think about how much bad karma these misguided persons have created for themselves and others.

I would like to let all our dharma friends, who wish to do something for my brother and me, know that this is the time for forgiveness. We should all have the bodhisattva attitude of mind and feel compassion and forgiveness towards those responsible for Rinpoche’s death. I have been able to forgive and this is how I was freed from my suffering.

I would like all students to reflect that when we allow our negative mind to take over we become capable of doing evil things.

As students of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche we should be proud of our association with him because all across the Tibetan areas of China many hundreds of monasteries and many thousands of people are now doing prayers. In these areas, as elsewhere in the world, Rinpoche has been able to bring together people of all ages and walks of life.

We should be so proud because he has spent his whole life working for the benefit of others without any desire for his own wealth and comfort. It has been an honour to be part of his life and we should keep his legacy alive by supporting all his activities and especially his charitable projects.

Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche was especially committed to providing education, healthcare and cultural preservation in the Tibetan areas of China, and I now earnestly request you all to support these ROKPA projects in particular.

I would like to share some beautiful words from a letter of commemoration of Rinpoche’s activity, by the 18th Dulmo Choje Rinpoche:

“Saintly, noble being that you are, you worked diligently during your entire life to serve the Buddhadharma and all living beings. With an infinite kindness, greater even than a mother’s tender love, you nurtured a flock of countless orphans; with a love greater even than the care of a cherished son, you looked after the many old and invalid people who are helpless and with no one to support them; with the finest generosity and with no bias or preference, you bestowed the gift of fulfilling the needs and wishes of the weakest – the sick and the poor; with the aid you provided, you gave a renewed strength to the dharma and culture of Tibet that had become like a lamp with no more fuel.”

Finally I would like to thank all of you who have sent messages of sympathy, I am overwhelmed by your kindness and understanding.

I urge you to keep a compassionate and positive mind, and let us now work together to continue Rinpoche’s activity,

With every good wish,

Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche

News of Akong Tulku Rinpoche

This is a statement by Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche concerning the sudden and most tragic death of Akong Tulku Rinpoche

To all dear friends of Samye Ling and Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche

Holy Lama Akong Tulku Rinpoche

Akong Tulku Rinpoche (1940-2013)

I am very, very sorry to inform you all that tragically, my brother Choje Akong Rinpoche, my nephew and one monk who was travelling with them, were all killed in Trengdu today. Rinpoche’s body has been taken to hospital where a post mortem will be carried out. That is all the news I have so far. If I receive further news I will let you know.

My nephew Kating Lama has been able to inform His Holiness Karmapa’s sister who has informed H H Karmapa, H H Dalai Lama and Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa and they are all saying prayers.

We will have to do a lot of special prayers and make a lot of appropriate offerings on Rinpoche’s behalf and any contributions you wish to make in his name will be much appreciated.

I request you all to do whatever prayers you can.

With best wishes,

Lama Yeshe Rinpoche



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.

Click on the images to see them at full size.

KSDE Summer Holiday dates

Samye Dzong Edinburgh will be closed for the summer break from July 31st 2013, throughout the month of August and will re-open on Monday September 9th for the Autumn 2013 term. Meanwhile, you will find details of the new Autumn Programme 2013 on this website. All courses are available to book online.

And last but not least, a big THANK YOU to everyone who kindly made donations towards the beautiful Green Tara statue, which was offered to Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche on his 70th Birthday and which you will be able to see when the new Tara Shrine Room opens soon in Samye Ling. May it benefit all beings.

26 June: Birthday of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa

Please see the schedule below for changes to our usual programme:

Wednesday June  26th at 7.15pm – The Birthday of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa
In honour of the birthday of His Holiness Karmapa, the supreme Head of the Kagyu Lineage, there will be a simple ceremony at Samye Dzong Edinburgh with an opportunity for those who wish to offer Kattas or flowers for His Holiness while chanting KARMAPA CHENNO. This will be followed by a short sitting meditation.
(The 5 Elements Qigong class will go ahead but finish 15 minutes early to allow for the above.)
(The Buddhist Study Group will not take place this Wednesday as Ian Tullis is away but will be back the following week.)

Thursday June 27th at 7pm – The Key to Happiness in the 21st Century – A Public Teaching by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
We are greatly looking forward to the visit and teaching of Ringu Tulku Rinpoche. If you wish to attend and have not yet booked, please do so asap. Those of you who have booked in the last few days and have not yet received confirmation, don’t worry, you places are confirmed! However, our booking manager Gwen is currently sweltering in the 36% heat of Texas and is therefore a little slower than usual in allocating your ticket number. Patience y’all!
(There will be no GreenTara Puja this Thursday evening but we will resume as normal the following week.)

Room to let at Kagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh

KSDE AccommodationAccommodation available soon at Samye Dzong Edinburgh Tibetan Buddhist Centre

From May 2013
And from July 2013

A wonderful opportunity to live in one of the lovely rooms in the tranquil 3 bedroom private flat on the 2nd floor of Samye Dzong Edinburgh, in the heart of the city, with access to all the Centre’s facilities.

Room 1, From May – £335 pcm
Room 2, from July – £365pcm

(includes unlimited wi-fi)

Please contact Ani Rinchen Khandro at

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.

Click on the images to see them at full size.

Winter / Spring Term 2013

Samye Dzong Edinburgh has re-opened after the winter break and encourages all our friends and supporters to benefit from the range of classes, prayers and meditation sessions on offer throughout the week.

Please note that the Wednesday evening Qigong and Meditation class led by Ani Rinchen Khandro is suitable for all levels, including beginners.

There is also an exciting Spring Programme of monthly courses and events, including several not-to-be-missed visits from emminent High Lamas. Details and bookings are just a click away!

We look forward to seeing you at Samye Dzong Edinburgh in this New Year and meanwhile wish you a happy and healthy 2013!

Sacred Wheel Days

This week commemorates two of the most holy events in the Buddhist calendar, namely the birth of the Buddha and the Buddha’s perfect enlightenment. The days on which these anniversaries fall are known as Wheel Days and it is said that whatever actions we perform on those days will be magnified by millions. Therefore they are the very best of times to practice Dharma, make offerings to The Three Jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha and perform any virtuous activities dedicated for the benefit of all beings. You are very welcome to join us at Samye Dzong for the following activities:

Tuesday  May 29th – The Anniversary of Lord Buddha’s Birth
6.30pm – Chenrezig Puja will be dedicated to The Three Jewels in celebration of the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha. Those who wish to may bring offerings such as tealights, incense, flowers, or saffron. Offering katas will also be available to purchase before the puja.

Monday June 4th – The Anniversary of Lord Buddha’s Enlightenment

7.30pm – Guided Meditation will be dedicated in homage to Buddha Shakyamuni’s perfect enlightenment which continues to illuminate our world and inspire beings throughout the ages, upto and beyond the present day. The meditation session will begin with the offering of lights whilst reciting the Buddha’s mantra:

May all beings be happy and create the causes of happiness

Akong Tulku Rinpoche’s Birthday – May 6th

Dr Akong Tulku RinpocheAs Akong Rinpoche was born in the year of the dragon, this year is a particularly significant birthday for him. There will be special celebrations at Samye Ling to pray for his long life and show our appreciation for his selfless activities that continue to benefit countless beings around the world.People who have completed the long retreat will  gather to practice the long Chod Puja on May 4th, 5th and morning of the 6th as an offering in Rinpoche’s honour. The last session will be a Tsok Puja to which everyone is invited. In the afternoon Rinpoche will bestow the Vajrasattva empowerment.

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…

Launch of the New Kagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh Website

Welcome to the new website! Our aim is to make it informative, attractive and user friendly so do take the time to have a look around and feel free to give us your feedback. We’re particularly fond of the 360 degree panoramic views of the Shrine Room and Peace Hall, which you can see by visiting the About the Centre page then clicking your mouse on the images. We hope you find it both useful and fun!