Meditation Practice Retreat

2:00pm 08 October 2018 - 12:30pm 15 October 2018

Cost: £0.00

Venue: Samye Ling

Everyone who wishes to participate in this retreat must register even if Samye Ling accommodation is not required.  Please use the online booking system to book both accommodation and a place on the course.  If you are not staying with us, select “No Accommodation” as the room type.

Please click here to book, REMEMBER to select the course on the Additional Extras page after selecting your room type.

Drupon Rinpoche will continue teaching from Nagarjuna's Letter to a Friend so please can anyone who attended last year's retreat bring the text they received then.  Those who do not already have the text, please order a copy asap from the Samye Ling Print Room

Please also bring if you have them
Prayers for teachings (used during all teaching sessions) &
Guru Yoga Prayers or complete Ngondro text, and short Vajrayogini visualisation insert (for practice sessions of the Retreat)

As in previous years, this retreat will follow a full retreat schedule which will include both teachings and meditation practice. Drupon Rinpoche will attend all practice sessions and there will also be two teaching sessions each day.

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 focused 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.

Those registered are expected attend all of the sessions, except in case of emergency when Drupon Rinpoche must be informed beforehand.


Monday 8th October

10.00 – 12.00

Registration for the Meditation Retreat in Reception Office

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)


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. 
  • Those who are not registered and who wish to make a connection with the teachings may attend one single meditation session and one single teaching session.  


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

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