Introduction to Buddhism - Part 1

7:00pm 08 September 2023 - 5:30pm 10 September 2023

Cost: £0.00

Venue: Samye Ling

We live in a very challenging age of widespread insecurity. Many of us are searching for a kind of guidance that Buddhism can reveal. Buddhism has what we need and has been helping people for over two and a half millennia. Through the practise of wisdom and compassion we can come to realise our own inner wealth and potential.

This course, extended over two weekends, will outline the basics of Buddhism, especially in terms of core principles: refuge, bodhicitta (awakening our potential), the four noble truths, the six paramitas, and freedom from unnecessary suffering.

All are welcome.  The program will be experience-based in each of the above areas and not just the relay of information. It could be especially relevant to those who wish to take refuge.

Weekend 1: Introduction to Hinayana Buddhism - 8th to 10th September 

Weekend 2: Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism - 17th to 19th November.  Bookings for this weekend are not yet open and are planned to open in September.

To book a place on the course (with or without accommodation), please email

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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