Summer Retreat

7:00pm 12 August 2023 - 11:00am 20 August 2023

Cost: £0.00

Venue: Samye Ling

During this summer retreat the focus will be on the inspiring Dorje Chang Tungma, which is also called the Short Mahamudra Prayer and is chanted regularly in all the Kagyu centres.

The text shows us how to apply ourselves on the spiritual path using the analogy of our body, saying renunciation is the feet of meditation, devotion is the head of meditation and non-distraction is the body of meditation.

Lama Zangmo will give instructions on the key aspects of the text, including meditation instructions, and look at the lives of some of the Kagyu Lineage Masters. Their inspiring examples show us the path to follow and the benefits that can be achieved. 

Lama Zangmo will also give instructions on The Eight Verses of Mindtraining by Geshe Langri Tangpa, with an emphasis on using the mindtraining practice to meet ordinary life situations with understanding and loving kindness.

This is primarily a meditation retreat suited for those already familiar with meditation, it is not for complete beginners. The programme will consist of meditation sessions with breaks and daily teaching sessions with time for Q&A. The retreat starts with supper on Sat 12 Aug and ends mid-morning on Sun 20 Aug. 

Please note that participants are required to attend all the daily sessions, except for health reasons.

There will be silence during part of the retreat.

Each day will start with a meditation session before breakfast and have a teaching session in the morning and in the afternoon.  The main part of the day will be meditation sessions and breaks, possibly some walking meditation also, depending on the space available, and a longer break after lunch to allow people to go for walks, do their own practice, read or rest.  Each day finishes with a short Chenrezig puja in the evening.

There is no charge for the teachings though if you wish to make a donation towards the Monastery's overheads you can do so in the Reception Office in Samye Ling.  Thank you.

To reserve a place and book accommodation if required, 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