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How we started

From the early 1980's, a group of people met in the Glasgow area to study and practice the Dharma and to work towards having their own base in the area .. all under the auspices of Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan centre near Eskdalemuir in the Borders. The property at 7 Ashley Street (formerly known as Rokpa House) was purchased in May 2000, and work began to upgrade the rooms for use. It was finally inaugurated in March 2001 by the Founding President of Rokpa Trust, and co-founder of Samye Ling, Dr Akong Tulku Rinpoche.

A semi-professional kitchen was installed in the basement to continue to provide soup, but more efficiently, for the Simon Community Glasgow Soup Kitchen.