Retreats

- IMPORTANT -

Samye Ling is closed to all visitors and we have closed all bookings and courses until further notice.

The Mindfulness courses are now being held online please see the Mindfulness Association web site here or contact them by email here.

As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and the recent government recommendation to stop non-essential contact and unnecessary travel, Samye Ling will close from 20th March 2020.

We will be closed to all guests and visitors and all courses and retreats are cancelled until further notice.

Only essential deliveries and essential services will be allowed access to Samye Ling.

UPDATE - 17th June 2020

Our trustees held an online meeting on Tuesday 16th June to consider the current situation with Covid-19.

The trustees feel strongly that the priority at present is to protect the health and wellbeing of residents of Samye Ling and Samye Dzongs as well as potential guests or visitors. Therefore they have advised Samye Ling and all UK Samye Dzongs to remain closed until the end of August. After this they will review the situation.

Although this means that Samye Ling will lose its income during the busiest time of year, the trustees are convinced that the safety of individuals is much more important. For as long as there is a danger that opening may cause an increase in spreading the virus, Samye Ling and Samye Dzongs will remain closed.

The trustees are aware that many people are eagerly awaiting Samye Ling opening up again and ask for your patience and understanding. We look forward to meeting you all again when it is safe to do so.

Meantime we send you our very best wishes and hope you all maintain a happy and positive frame of mind and consider this to be an excellent opportunity for practice.

On behalf of the trustees

Abbot Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche and Deputy Abbot Lama Katen.

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