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.

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.

Click on image to view full size with captions.

Green Tara Weekend Retreat

April 16th and 17th from 10.30 am to 4.30pm
At KSD Edinburgh, 4 Walker Street

Green TaraThis weekend retreat is devoted to the practice of Green Tara, the mother of all Buddhas, who embodies swift and fearless compassion in action, like Akong Tulku Rinpoche whose Tibetan Monastery bears her name. The course will give participants the instruction, authorisation and empowerment needed for practising Green Tara Sadhana. It is suitable for those who have already taken Refuge.

This will be the last major event to be held at our much loved Walker Street Centre and a fitting way to complete this chapter in the life of KSD Edinburgh before beginning an exciting new one in our beautiful Bernard Street Centre in Leith.

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Losar shrine preparation and torma making class

Photos from the course on Feburary 13th, 2016.

Happy Losar, Good News and Thanks

Losar Tashi Delegs for the Tibetan New Year on February 9th

As Losar falls on a Tuesday we will be doing a special Chenrezig Puja dedicated to World Peace, the Health and Happiness of all beings and to the long life of all the precious gurus. In particular we dedicate to the continuous flourishing of the Buddha’s activities by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa. Everybody is welcome.

His Holiness is currently presiding over the Kagyu Monlams in Bodhgaya, India and even though we may not be able to be there in person we can nevertheless benefit from the teachings by following this link to the live webcast:

Good News – Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will be teaching at KSD Edinburgh on June 29th and 30th and Drupon Rinpoche will be teaching here on October 27th  
By then we hope to be settled in our new Centre in Leith so it will be especially auspicious to welcome these eminent Lamas to our new home. Details and bookings for these teachings will be posted online nearer the time. Watch this space!

Thank You – and last but not least, thank you for all your kindness, support and get well messages. They seem to have worked! I look forward to seeing some of you at our Losar Chenrezi Puja and at many other activities throughout the year. Please note that the Shrines and Offerings course will now be on Saturday February 13th and the Volunteer prepping and painting at KSDE Leith on Sunday 14th (then all the following weekends throughout the month.) Many hands make light work!

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

Ani Rinchen Khandro

Important Notice: Change of Dates

Having been on the receiving end of numerous emails from people too poorly to attend various events at Samye Dzong in recent weeks, it is now my turn to succumb to the dreaded ‘flu bug! Unfortunately this means that I will be unable to teach this weekend’s Shrines and Offerings course on Saturday February 6th or to oversee the volunteer work at our new Leith Centre on Sunday the 7th.

I do apologies for any inconvenience this may cause you but, even if I felt strong enough, I doubt you would thank me for passing on the infection! As it is I feel more like, what my dear mother was prone to describe as, a washed out rabbit. However, I am usually quite resilient and hope to resume my commitments at Samye Dzong next week

Please note that the Shrines and Torma Offerings Course is now rescheduled for Saturday February 13th and the Leith volunteer work for Sunday February 14th.

Thank you for your patience and understanding of impermanence. With prayers and good wishes for your health and happiness throughout the New Year and beyond.

Ani Rinchen Khandro

Last events of 2015 at the present and the future KSD Edinburgh

Medicine Buddha Puja
Friday December 18th 2015, 6pm at KSDE Walker Street
Join us for a meaningful Medicine Buddha Puja dedicated to the health and wellbeing of our planet and all sentient beings. And stay on for mince pies and a medicinal dram of mulled (alcohol free) wine!

New Centre Volunteer Meeting
Sunday December 20th 2015, 2pm at the new KSDE 25 Bernard Street, Leith
The last chance before Christmas to see our amazing new Centre and find out how you can volunteer your help in the New Year. Afternoon tea and biscuits provided, if you can donate a mug!

Latest Updates on the New KSDE Centre

It’s all happening at Samye Dzong Edinburgh Sunday November 29th – Be there if you care

KSDE new centre

Sunday Morning Catch Up and New Centre Update
10.30am – 12.00pm

You are invited to join us in the Peace Hall at 4 Walker Street for an update on the progress of the new Samye Dzong Edinburgh Centre and how you can be part of it.

We aim to move in to this beautiful building in the early spring. But first we need to refurbish and give it some tender loving care, which is where you come in! Working together to create wonderful Dharma Centre for the benefit of all gives us the perfect opportunity to practice Bodhicitta in Action. Skills, time, resources, energy, sponsorship and ideas, bring it all to the party! Tea and biscuits all round.

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An Exciting Announcement

Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche announcement

Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, flanked by Tulku Ogyen Nyima and Ani Rinchen Khandro, makes a historic announcement on the occasion of Kagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh’s 5th Anniversary at the Walker Street Centre.

A wonderful 5th Anniversary weekend of Refuge Ceremony, Dharma Teachings, Film Show, Meditation Instruction and Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessing Puja, was crowned with the exciting announcement by Lama Yeshe Rinpoche of a new and larger Centre for Kagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh!

Just over a month ago, when Ani Rinchen Khandro was in Germany, she asked His Holiness Karmapa to give his blessing for a somewhat larger centre for KSDE. Once back in Edinburgh she found a beautiful building that was originally built in the 1800’s as The Leith Bank. Thanks to the power of His Holiness’s blessing we have managed to acquire it for the new Samye Dzong.

We will start work on the new building in early December and will need many volunteers, both skilled and unskilled, to lend a hand with adapting the building to our needs so please earmark some time in your diary to come and lend a helping hand. We will be giving more details about this in the coming months. Meanwhile, donations to help with the refurbishment and decoration are also vitally important so please do visit the donation page on our website to make your contribution.

For now we will continue to run our regular programme of courses and events at our lovely, but slightly too small, Walker Street Centre and look forward to seeing you there very soon.

A sneak preview: An historical drawing of the Leith Bank, soon to be the new Samye Dzong Edinburgh at 25 Bernard and 25 Maritime Street, Leith. Call it karma or coincidence but His Holiness Karmapa gave his blessing in the Maritime Hotel in Bonn!

A sneak preview: An historical drawing of the Leith Bank, soon to be the new Samye Dzong Edinburgh at 25 Bernard and 25 Maritime Street, Leith. Call it karma or coincidence but His Holiness Karmapa gave his blessing in the Maritime Hotel in Bonn!

KSDE 5th Anniversary Teachings with Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche

Photos from Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche’s Teachings at Kagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh, September 2015.


Photos from the Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok Puja, Kagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh, September 2015.

The KSD Edinburgh Autumn 2015 Programme and Latest News

His Holiness Karmapa peruses the Edinburgh Programme

His Holiness Karmapa peruses the Edinburgh Programme

Last week in Bonn, Germany His Holiness the 17th Karmapa gave four full days of precious teachings and empowerments to an international gathering of devotees. Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche kindly arranged a private audience with His Holiness, for attendees from Samye Ling and various Samye Dzongs, during which arose the special opportunity for Ani Rinchen Khandro to present an offering and a copy of the KSD Edinburgh Autumn Programme to His Holiness. Karmapa seemed most interested so hopefully you will be too!

As well as our regular weekly schedule of meditation and prayer sessions, which are drop in and by donation, there are also two new Qigong courses, starting on Monday September 7th and Wednesday the 9th, which can be booked online.

The highlight of September promises to be a wonderful weekend of teachings and guided meditation with Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, as well as a brilliant film show and a special Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok Puja, to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of KSD Edinburgh. Lama Rinpoche will also bestow Refuge Ceremony for those people wishing to formally enter the Buddhist faith. As this weekend is likely to be a popular event you are advised to book early.

In addition to the scheduled events Ani Rinchen Khandro has offered to give instruction on the Shower of Blessings Puja for those people wishing to familiarise themselves with the Sadhana ahead of the Anniversary weekend. If you have already taken Refuge and would like to receive this instruction on Saturday September 19th from 10.30am to 12.30pm, (suggested donation £10), please email your request asap

And finally, we would like to thank our lovely volunteers John, Woyciek and Justyna for all their kind help in keeping Samye Dzong Edinburgh running smoothly and we wish them well on their travels. Their absence means that we are now short of volunteers so if you have one afternoon a week free and would like to help out at the Centre we’d love to hear from you!

We look forward to seeing you again at Samye Dzong Edinburgh from Monday September 7th when we re-open for the Autumn Term.

August Holidays

Kagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh will be closed throughout August.

We wish you all a happy and peaceful time during the summer break and look forward to seeing you again in the new term starting on Monday September 7th.

Meanwhile do keep an eye on our website and online shop for updated information, course bookings and recordings of precious teachings.

Happy 30th Birthday to His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa

We wish to update you about a minor change to our previous email and also an exciting new addition.

The minor alteration is that, due to a late change in the topics for debate, Ani Rinchen Khandro will not be appearing on next Sunday’s edition of The Big Questions. However, her contribution to Monday’s Woman’s Hour is going ahead as planned.

The important addition to our programme concerns His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, whose 30th birthday is on June 26th 2015. As there is a double 10th lunar day this month we will celebrate His Holiness’s birthday on the Last Saturday of June 27th 2015, which is also Guru Rinpoche day, by doing a Guru Rinpoche Shower of Blessings Tsok Puja. There is no need to book but please let us know if you wish to attend. Offerings and/or donations appreciated.

June 27th 2015 – The Last Saturday Schedule
10.30am – A brief explanation of the Shower of Blessings Puja by Ani Rinchen Khandro
11.00am The Shower of Blessings Tsok Puja in Honour of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa’s 30th Birthday (tsok offerings welcome).
12.00pm Sharing Tsok and Birthday Cake
2.00pm – 4.00pm The Centre will be open for personal practice.

We hope that you will join us for this joyous event, which will also be a good opportunity to become familiar with the Puja, especially as we will be doing it again it in September 2015 with Lama Yeshe Rinpoche as part of the 5th Anniversary celebrations KSD Edinburgh. But more of that nearer the time!

Holy Week – May 26th & June 2nd 2015

May 26th marks the Buddha’s birthday, and June 2nd marks the Buddha’s Enlightenment.

This year these two major dates in the Buddhist calendar fall on consecutive Tuesdays. Therefore, in addition to our regular Tuesday evening Chenrezi Puja at 6.30pm, we will be reciting the Twelve Deeds of the Buddha, chanting his mantra and offering lights and katas.

Everyone is welcome.

Shrine Offerings and Torma-Making Class in preparation for Losar

We wish you a very Happy Losar and many Tashi Delegs for the Tibetan New Year of the Wood Sheep.

Here are photos from our recent Shrine Offerings and Torma-Making Class on 14 February 2015.

Happy New Year from KSDE!

Blessings from His Holiness Karmapa and the Lineage Masters at the Kagyu Monlams in India. We are happy to announce that both Ringu Tulku Rinpoche and Drupon Rinpoche also send their best wishes for the New Year to everyone at KSD Edinburgh and have agreed to come and teach here in the summer and autumn respectively. We’ll keep you posted once the exact dates are confirmed.

The Four Extraordinary Foundations

An Overview With Ani Rinchen Khandro

SUNDAY OCTOBER 19th 10.30am – 4.30pm

The Four Extraordinary Foundations are the essential training for progress along the path to realisation and highest Mahamudra view.

Ani Rinchen will present an overview of all four foundation practices with particular emphasis on the first practice of Refuge and Bodhicitta. Instruction will be given on engaging body, speech and mind through the medium of prostration, recitation, and meditational visualisation.

Participants should have already taken Refuge and have some knowledge of the Four Ordinary Foundations. Texts will be available to buy on the day.

Click here for Course Bookings.

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!

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.

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



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