Guest Information


Visitor Accommodation at Samye Ling Comprises:- 

  • Retreat Rooms - High standard, comfortable rooms with Wifi. 15 single rooms with wash basins and shared facilities and 1 twin with en-suite shower and toilet.
  • Potala House - Our very popular guesthouse with 30 single rooms each with wash basin and shared facilities and 1 twin room with en-suite toilet.
  • Tashi Deleg House - Smaller guesthouse with simple, retreat style rooms. 4 singles and 3 twin rooms.
  • Johnstone House (also known as Zamsem House) - The original old building with its own self-service tea room, small library, lounge and public payphone. Three twin rooms with wash basins, three male and three female dormitories.
  • Camping - Spaces for camping in the field by the Temple for up to 35 tents. No water or electricity supplied, toilet and shower facilities in Johnstone House. Please bring your own tent. This option is very basic and we offer it mainly to help people on lower incomes.
  • Camper Van - Up to nine spaces for camper vans next to the camping field at the side of the Temple. This is also a very basic option with use of shared facilities in Johnstone House, no water or electricity supplied.

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Approx 15 minutes walk away is Purelands, the location for our guided Purelands Retreats (see programme for dates). This accommodation comprises:

  • Anis' House - Single rooms for WOMEN ONLY.
  • Purelands House - Single rooms only.

We respectfully ask that all accommodation is booked at least 24hrs in advance so that we can ensure that rooms are ready and available.


Three vegetarian meals a day are provided for guests and are taken in our spacious Dining Hall. We aim to offer delicious nutritious food but regret we are not able to cater for special diets.

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

Weekend Course Timetable

Friday (course arrival day):

1.30 - 6.45pm Course Registration - Open later on busy days, information on Reception door for late arrivals.
6.00 - 7.00pm Evening Soup
7.00 - 8.30pm Course Time

Saturday and Sundays:

10am - 12.30pm. Course Time

3pm - 5.30pm. Course Time

Break times and variations in the timetable will be advised by the course leader.

Courses take place in the back of the Temple, the back of the dining room, the lecture hall, the Chenrezig Shrine Room or the Eco-House. Prayers, Dharma teachings and Empowerments are held in the Temple.

All guests are welcome to attend daily prayer and meditation sessions.

Checking in and out

Checking in

  • Please try to arrive by 6pm on course arrival day (usually Friday), though Reception will stay open late to allow more time for arrivals.
  • If you arrive late and Reception is closed, you will find a list and map on the reception door detailing your accommodation.
  • Please be sure to check in the next day before 10am.

Checking out

  • On the course departure day (usually Sunday) please tidy your room and return used sheets and pillowcases to the laundry by 11am.
  • Please also remove all belongings from your room and return the key to reception by 11am.

This helps our volunteer staff to prepare the room for the next guest.

Five Golden Rules

To show respect for ourselves and others and to protect Samye Ling as a sacred space, our 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.


Overnight guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by or have written permission from a parent or guardian. The minimum age for overnight guests is 16 years, please inform us in advance if you are bringing anyone under 18.

Children are welcome to visit during the day but should be closely supervised at all times as there are no facilities in the monastery for children and the centre is unable to take responsibility for their well being. There is also often building work in progress on the grounds.  This may be a hazard for children, so it is best to be aware of this when you arrive.


Unfortunately, no pets are permitted as we have many vulnerable small animals and birds on our grounds.

Guest Valuables

We very much regret that we are unable to accept responsibility for your personal property.

Notice to campers

You are welcome to use the facilities in Johnstone House, however for tents please be aware that the camping field is some distance from bathrooms, etc. Please also bring adequate bedding, blankets, pillows, towels etc. as these are not provided by the centre.

Although we do not provide water or electricity at the camping site, toilets and showers facilities are provided in Johnstone House.


To assist in the smooth running of the monastery guests are respectfully asked to contribute some time each day to help out with daily chores such as washing up after lunch (please report to the kitchen at 1.15pm). But this is not compulsory.


Alcohol, illicit drugs and fishing are not permitted anywhere on Samye Ling property. Please also be aware that Samye Ling is not a drink or drug rehabilitation centre.

We endeavour to ensure your stay at Samye Ling is comfortable, enjoyable and meaningful. However Samye Ling cannot accept responsibility for the mental and physical health of people attending courses.

Please respect the quiet time at the centre after 10.00pm.

Useful things to bring

  • Essential: indoor slippers, warm clothing, waterproofs, shower towel, good outdoor shoes, earplugs (if you intend to stay in a shared dormitory!) and cash if you intend to make small purchases.
  • Bring your own coffee and a water bottle for your use if you require.
  • Summer visitors do need midge repellent and we recommend 'Smidge' (
  • Not essential but useful: Torch, flask, alarm clock.
  • If camping please bring adequate bedding; blankets, pillows, sleeping bags and towels.
  • If you're visiting from overseas please remember to bring a travel adaptor to power your devices
  • Cash: since we are 17 miles from the nearest cash point, please make sure you have enough cash for any local travel (bus or taxi) and use of the payphone. You can pay for your accommodation, purchases in the Tearoom and Shop with debit or credit cards.
  • Sufficient fuel in your vehicle: once again, since we are 17 miles from the nearest petrol station, and keep no petrol on site, we recommend you make sure you have enough fuel for the trip back.


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 accept personal cheques.

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.

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