Refuge Ceremonies in Samye Ling in August 2022

8 Apr 2022

                                                       LYR 2013

After a long absence from public engagements due to the pandemic, we are delighted to let you know that Lama Yeshe Rinpoche will conduct a (face to face) Refuge Ceremony this summer.

He has been abroad in South Africa for many months and is making the long journey back to Scotland for several reasons including his wish to honour the good intentions of the many people who have not had the opportunity to take Refuge for almost three years now.

To make sure that everyone who wishes to take Refuge will have a chance, there will be two ceremonies, one on Thursday 4th August and another on Sunday 14th August.

The exact schedule for each day has not been fixed yet but we hope there will be a short explanatory talk and then the ceremony itself.  Both are likely to be in the morning.

The ceremonies are mainly intended for people who wish to take Refuge for the first time.  However, those who wish to renew or confirm their Refuge commitment are also welcome.  And both new ‘Refugees’ and old will be able to take precepts.

If you would like to take Refuge (for the first time) please send an email with your name to Also please include the date of the ceremony you wish to attend.

If you are renewing Refuge and/or taking precepts then there is no need to contact us at present.

We hope to reopen our bookings system around the end of May, So if you wish to stay overnight - or even if you wish to come for the day and take lunch in Samye Ling - we request that you wait till then before trying to make a booking.

We will follow Covid precautions according to the situation at the time.

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