9th Anniversary of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche's passing

12 Sep 2022

Now that Samye Ling is fully open, we're delighted to let you know about some of our forthcoming events.  First and foremost is the 9th anniversary of the passing of our Founder, Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche.  You can see full information  here.

Anniversary events in Samye Ling

On the 8th you can pay your respects to Rinpoche in the temple and also take part in the first two sessions of the Meditation Retreat which begins that afternoon - as well as sharing a delicious vegetarian lunch in the Samye Ling dining room (no charge for this but please let us know you are coming by email to reception@samyeling.org).  And for those of you with enough time, we hope you can stay with us for the whole five days of the Retreat.

Other things you can do

If you would like to honour Akong Rinpoche on 8th October but can't come to Samye Ling, it's still possible to do something positive in his name. For example, you can take commitments, practice generosity, plant trees or another activity to protect and nurture the environment, or even just use his photo as your social media ID for a while.  We can all find a meaningful way to remember his inspiring example.

Future events

Finally, we are gradually increasing our regular course programme, with a selection of forthcoming weekends which you can see below, so we hope to see you here sometime soon.

Upcoming Courses 

30th Sept to 2nd Oct   Tong Len Weekend                        The Mindfulness Association
8th Oct                            Akong Rinpoche's Anniversary     Samye Sangha
8th to 14th Oct            Meditation Retreat                             Drupon Khen Rinpoche
15th to 16th Oct         Calm Abiding and Mind Training   Drupon Khen Rinpoche
28th to 30th Oct         Buddhist Roots of Mindfulness      The Mindfulness Association
11th to 13th Nov        Leadership Embodiment                  Amanda Ridings

To view the whole Course Programme please click here.


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