The Samye Library for World Religions

The Task

To transform some 12,000 books donated to Samye Ling over the last 30-40 years into a respectable library.


To support the Samye College and to provide a quiet place for study, reflection, and relaxation.

General View

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Reading in Comfort

New Magazine Storage

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Our Stock

We are keeping all books that cover the subjects taught, studied and practised at Samye Ling. That is includes: all forms of Buddhism; sacred books and philosophies connected with all world religions; psychology; philosophy; meditation; mindfulness training;  art and architecture; Tibetan & herbal medicine; gardening & horticulture; all therapies; all forms of yoga and tai chi; culture and travel in Tibet and Buddhist countries; dictionaries and books in other languages; learning Tibetan; learning English.

We are always looking for books in the above topics particularly those published this century.

We try to sell donated books not included in these categories, such as holiday fiction, and buy in books we need from sales and special offers, such as the complete set of Jamgon Kontrul’s Treasury of Knowledge (see below). 

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Donating Books

Donations are very welcome, so if you have any books in good condition you no longer need, and you would like others to benefit from them, we can give them a good home.

Sponsoring Books

If you would like to sponsor a book or a series of books in any of the subjects listed above please contact us for information on what is needed.

Shambhala Publications can send us a box of their “non-perfect” editions for the cost of the postage. A box of Shambhala books from the USA costs $80.00, or £50 including bank transfer and exchange. Would you like to contribute?

Cheques should be made payable to ‘ROKPA Trust’ and posted to The Samye Library, Kagyu Samye Ling Tibetan Centre & Monastery, Eskdalemuir, Langholm, Dumfries & Galloway, DG13 0QL.

If you prefer to make a donation by credit card, Credit Card Payments can be taken in person or by phone at the Visitor’s Reception (013873 73232) or The Samye Ling Shop (013873 73337).

If you would like further information please contact the library by email at

Big Thank You

We would like to say a “BIG THANK YOU” to all the donors – past, present and future – for all the wonderful books and financial help.

Our particular thanks go to The Buddha Education Foundation, Taiwan, for their wonderful donation of books in Tibetan, English and 8 other European languages. Their purpose is to print dharma books which they distribute FREE to interested individuals and organizations all over the world.

We are very grateful to the Swedenborg Society for their generous donation of books by and about Emanuel Swedenborg published by the Society

Contacting Organisations

If you are a member of any group or organization, religious or secular, such as a college or university, we would appreciate if you could contact them on our behalf regarding books that we may be able to include, or which they may be able to donate, which fall within the above mentioned categories.


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