To refrain from evil, practice perfect virtue and fully tame one’s mind, is the doctrine of the Buddha.
— Gautama Buddha
Tibetan Buddhist Centre - Meditation Courses, Classes & Retreats
The first Tibetan Buddhist Centre in the West
Located in a peaceful valley on the banks of the river Esk in Scotland, Kagyu Samye Ling was the first Tibetan Buddhist Centre to have been established in the West. It is a centre for wisdom and learning within the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and is open to people of all faiths and none. You are welcome to come for day visits, short stays or to participate in our meditation retreats and courses available throughout the year.
Founded in 1967 and currently under the guidance of Abbot Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, Samye Ling is part of Rokpa Trust, a registered charity which has three main areas of activity: spiritual, humanitarian aid, and Tibetan medicine and therapy. Our activity extends around the world through an international network of Dharma centres.
Please visit our courses and retreats pages to get a full picture of the activities available at Samye Ling, where we are open all year round for visits and other activities. We have plentiful accommodation for overnight and longer stays, and a wide ranging programme of activities and instruction. We look forward to seeing you!
Kagyu Samye Ling is a part of Rokpa Trust which is a registered charity in England & Wales (1059293) and in Scotland (SCO38628)