The Lockdown Library

Welcome to the Kagyu Samye Dzong Edinburgh online Lockdown Library. This specially curated collection of teachings, talks, prayers, videos, book recommendations, therapeutic exercise and inspiring music may be helpful at any time, but never more so than in the testing times we are now experiencing as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. We hope you will find them a meaningful and helpful support. Enjoy your visit to the Lockdown Library and may it be the first of many as we introduce new content in the weeks and months to come.


His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa has personally compiled these special prayers as a means of subduing the global pandemic and bringing solace to all who practice them. Each of these seven sessions is preceded by a talk of enlightened insight and fearless honesty that may be used as a topic for contemplation and meditation in one’s daily practice through the week.

Prayer texts

Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche shares a series of blogs from his retreat in Purelands at Samye Ling, responding to current events with his unerring analysis, advice and good humour. As a young refugee in India, having survived a dangerous escape from Tibet, the unrelenting heat and dire conditions in the refugee camp caused him to contract tuberculosis resulting in an operation that left him with only one lung. In modern terms he would be classified as vulnerable. But what shines through in these talks is his indomitable courage, born of true faith in the Dharma, and his joy and equanimity that is an inspirational example to us all.

Khenpo David Karma Choephel

After many years study of Dharma and Tibetan, Karma Choepel was awarded the title of Khenpo by Thrangu Rinpoche. As a Westerner, his rare combination of talents has enabled him to translate for HH Karmapa and give Dharma courses to Western audiences, such as, The Treasury of Abhidharma by Vasubandu.


CLASSIC – The Torch of Certainty by Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche.

MODERN – Interconnected by His Holiness 17th Karmapa.

Taming the Tiger by Akong Tulku Rinpoche

VINTAGE – Taming the Tiger – by Akong Tulku Rinpoche. Although written from the Buddhist perspective of a Reincarnate Master and Doctor of Tibetan Medicine, this book requires no previous knowledge of either. It is an accessible, meaningful and invaluable handbook for anyone wishing to find purpose, fulfilment and happiness in their life and benefit themselves and others. 

NEW RELEASE – From a Mountain in Tibet – by Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche. This fascinating autobiography spans the eventful life of Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, from his childhood in Tibet, his escape to India, then his onward journey to the West and the world at large. It cannot help but be as colourful, humorous and profoundly inspiring as the man himself!

Some Dharma books are available free of charge at the following links: