OLD - Course and Accommodation Bookings

Please take a moment to read the contents of this page.

You may book to stay with or without attending a course - though please do be aware course times will be busy and have less availability.

If an accommodation type does not show on the system, it means that type is not available for the given date and number of nights you entered.

Booking Courses

The screenshot below shows an example of the "Extras" screen which will appear after you select your room type, only internal courses can be booked with us, external courses such as the Mindfulness courses are booked with the relevant party, see the full course page for details.


Remember you must select the course in "Extras", otherwise you are not booked onto the course. To book a course, please enter the number of people attending in the box you will see at the bottom left hand side of the course you want to book place(s) on.

If you are not staying overnight in Samye Ling but wish to attend a course please use this booking system and select the "No Accommodation" room type to book the course and your meals.

We regret we do not operate waiting lists for courses. However, as cancellations occur, the course will become available to book online please check back regularly.


Full payment is due on arrival either by cash or any of the following cards; Visa Debit/Credit/Delta, Maestro/Switch, Mastercard Credit/Debit - no charges.

We do not take online payments, if you receive any communication purporting to have come from us which asks for payment for a booking please ignore it.

Checking In/Out

Check in time is from 1.30pm on the day of arrival, and rooms are not available until after 1.30pm.

If you wish to arrive early and take lunch with us please let us know at least 24 hours in advance by sending an email to reception@samyeling.org. Lunch is served at 12.30pm.

Checking out: rooms must be empty for our cleaners and keys returned by 11am on the day of departure.

Late Arrivals

If Reception is closed when you arrive, a note will be left on the Reception door with your room location and number. If your room has a lock the door, it will be left unlocked and you may collect the key from reception when you check in the following morning. For security reasons we cannot leave your room key out.

If you lock yourself out by accident please contact Ian in Room 1 in the Monks Cabin (behind the Tea Rooms).

Please check in, settle your room bill and collect your room key from Reception at 9am the next morning.

Please note that the evening meal is served at 6pm - 6.45pm, you may wish to stop en-route for something to eat if arriving after that time.


All accommodation prices include meals. The first meal is the evening meal on the day of arrival and the last meal is lunch on the day of departure.

If you wish to take lunch on the day of arrival you must book in advance and there will be a charge.

Please be aware we offer vegetarian food and use eggs and dairy products; we regret we can not cater for special diets.

Breakfast usually consists of fresh fruits, non-dairy porridge, cereals, toast and spreads. For lunch the main dish will vary but there are vegetables, rice and salad with a pudding which may be fresh fruit. The evening meal is soup, bread and spreads.

Camping & Camper Vans

You are welcome to book a tent or camper van space and then bring your own tent or camper van to Samye Ling but please be aware that we have no dedicated facilities for this type of accommodation.

General Information

If you need to make a change or cancel a booking please email reception@samyeling.org

Booking for the current day closes at 1.30pm, after 1.30pm you may book for tomorrow onward only.

We regret that we are unable to accommodate children and pets overnight.

For more information please see the Guest Information page here.

The Five Golden Rules

To show respect for ourselves and others and to protect Samye Ling as a sacred space, Abbot, Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche requests all who visit and stay here to follow these rules:

1. To protect life and refrain from killing.
2. To respect other's property and refrain from stealing.
3. To speak the truth and refrain from lying.
4. To embrace health and refrain from intoxicants.
5. To respect others and refrain from harmful sexual activity.

To Make A Booking

To check availability of Accommodation and/or Course places please enter your arrival date and select the number of nights that you wish to stay, then click the 'Search' button.

Please Note: By making a booking you are accepting the terms and conditions laid out in the text above.


Click here to accept the terms and conditions and make a booking

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