Meditation Practice Retreat

2:00pm 08 October 2017 - 12:30pm 15 October 2017

Cost: £0.00

Venue: Samye Ling

Please click here to book your accommodation, then register your interest in attending this course by emailing us at to receive an explanation of the required commitments

The retreat begins at 2pm on the 4th Anniversary of Choje Akong Rinpoche’s passing.  The retreat will be dedicated to him and participating in it is one excellent way of honouring his memory.

As in previous years, this retreat will follow a full retreat schedule which will include both teachings & meditation practice. Drupon Rinpoche will attend all practice sessions and will also give teachings on calm abiding and Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend.

Drupon Rinpoche has kindly agreed to offer this short period of combined meditation retreat and instruction at the time of Akong Rinpoche’s anniversary.  The meditation practice will be focussed on Guru Yoga and all students of Akong Rinpoche who wish to mark his anniversary are encouraged to come to practice together during this retreat.

Anyone who decides to attend this retreat should make the commitment to come to every single session. 

There is no course fee, though donations towards the considerable overheads are most welcome.  Donations may be made in the Reception Office.


Sunday 8th October

09.30                      Milarepa Guru Yoga

10.00 – 12.00        Registration for the Meditation Retreat in Reception Office

11.00 (approx.)    Abbot Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche will give a talk

12.30                       Lunch in the Dining Hall

14.00 - 16.00        First teaching session of Meditation Retreat - open to everyone who would like to make a connection with the teachings

16.30 - 17.30        First practice session of Meditation Retreat - open to everyone (followed by Mahakala prayers, 17.30 – 18.00)

18.00                       Soup in Dining Hall

19.00 - 20.30        Meditation Session – open to registered participants only

9th to 15th October

05.30 - 07.00

Meditation Session

08:00 – 10.00

Teaching Session

10.30 – 12.00

Meditation Session

14.00 – 16.00

Teaching Session

16.30 – 17.30

Meditation Session

17.30 – 18.00

Mahakala Prayers

19.00 – 20.30

Meditation Session

** Everyone who participates in the Retreat must register.  You can decide to:

  • Attend all teaching and practice sessions
  • Attend all teaching sessions (but not practice sessions)
  • Attend all practice sessions (but not teaching sessions)

In each case you must attend all of the sessions for which you have registered.

  • The retreat finishes at 12.30 on 15th October.
  • It is essential to register before joining the retreat – even if you are a resident of Samye Ling or if you are not staying in Samye Ling. 
Tariff and Charges Guest Info
The Buddhist principle is to be everybody's friend, not to have any enemy.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Meditation means simple acceptance.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Only the impossible is worth doing.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Whenever we see something which could be done to bring benefit to others, no matter how small, we should do it.
Chamgon Khentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Freedom is not something you look for outside of yourself. Freedom is within you.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Hasten slowly, you will soon arrive.
Jetsun Milarepa
It doesn’t matter whatever comes, stop judging and it won’t bother you.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Whatever obstacles arise, if you deal with them through kindness without trying to escape then you have real freedom.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
To tame ourselves is the only way we can change and improve the world.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Strive always to be as kind, gentle and caring as possible towards all forms of sentient life.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Every sentient being is equal to the Buddha.
Chamgon Kentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Wherever and whenever we can, we should develop compassion at once.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Reminding ourselves of how others suffer and mentally putting ourselves in their place, will help awaken our compassion.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche