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Dharma Events

Delighted to say that 3 dear and esteemed friends of the Glasgow centre are going to come to Glasgow to Teach this year.

Lama Zangmo 15th April 2.30pm - 5.30pm

Taming the Wild Mind

Drupon Khen Rinpoche 24th May @ 7pm

Faith and intelligence in Buddhism

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche 20th June @7pm

Topic TBC




Choje Lama Rinpoche

Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, our beloved and respected Abbot and spiritual guide is, through his many years joyously devoted to the diligent practice of The Lord Buddha’s Teachings, one of the greatest meditation masters in the world today. None other than His Holiness the 17th Karmapa said of him that if you wanted to know about meditation, look no further than Lama Yeshe Losal. There can be no higher recommendation, so we are indeed very fortunate.

Appointed as the Abbot of Kagyu Samye Ling monastery in 1992, Lama Rinpoche has seen it continue to flourish and since the passing of his brother, Choje Akong Rinpoche in 2013, Lama Rinpoche has fearlessly taken on the responsibilities of his brother as well as his own, and due to his immense compassion, coupled with his single pointed determination and wisdom, has ensured that all these activities are continuing to flourish and thrive.

Drupon Khen Rinpoche

From the age of 2, his exceptional potential was first noticed, taking Getsul ordination aged 13, and by the time he was 18, he thought “I must accomplish this Dharma which is beneficial in this and all future lives” and entered a solitary retreat. A year later he entered a traditional 3 year retreat where he received many Dharma teachings and excellently accomplished many recitations and approach and accomplishment practices. Then he was given, stage by stage the essential points of profound Mahamudra and Dzogchen. 

From this point onwards he strove with one pointed determination for the true nature of genuine reality. 

Since then, he has gone on to receive many more teachings from the greatest teachers of the Kagyu and Nyingma Lineages.

In 2008, he was invited by Akong Rinpoche to come to Scotland as Khenpo and Retreat master, and has returned to Scotland every year since, as retreat master(Drupon) and to lead the Sherda studies.

Lama Katen

As a young boy in East Tibet, Lama Katen was given the auspicious name of Tsultrim Palbar by his maternal uncle, Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche. He learned to read and write Tibetan in his local village, but as there was no Monastery nearby he was unable to follow his natural inclination to become a monk.

However, Akong Rinpoche saw his potential and, during a group visit to Tibet in 1996, he and Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, the Abbot of Samye Ling, made it possible for him to travel over the Himalayas to Nepal. There he immediately entered Thrangu Monastery in Boudha and embarked on the traditional training of a monk, learning ritual, chanting and all the duties of monastic life.

Later he spent five years studying in Thrangu Monastic College as well as engaging in a six month period of intensive practice of the Mahamudra Preliminaries. During this time he was also fortunate enough to take teachings from H H the 17th Karmapa, Chamgon Tai Situpa and Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche.� He received both novice and full Bikkhu ordination from Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. Recognising the preciousness of the name he had received from his uncle, Thrangu Rinpoche advised keeping the name of Tsultrim Palbar as his ordination name.

Early in 2004, Tsultrim Palbar entered Thrangu Rinpoche's long-term retreat where he spent a total of four years. He completed the traditional three year, three month retreat followed by a six-month Kalachakra dark retreat. During the retreat he was able to receive many profound instructions from his root teacher, Drupon Khen Rinpoche, including the Torch of Definitive Meaning and the Profound Inner Meaning.

Forseeing his ability to benefit Samye Ling in future, Akong Rinpoche suggested that he return to retreat to further consolidate his practice. However, Thrangu Rinpoche pronounced him fully ready and capable of taking on the responsibilities of a Lama and recommended that he come to Samye Ling to begin learning Western ways.

Tsultrim Palbar's family is directly descended from the 8th Gyalwang Karmapa, Mikyo
Dorje, and the family's dwelling house in Kham in Eastern Tibet is named 'Kating' in honour of this connection. Therefore, when he came to Samye Ling in 2008, Akong Rinpoche advised that he be called 'Kating Lama', the Lama of the Kating family.

Once established in the UK, H H Karmapa officially authorised Kating Lama as a Trustee of Rokpa Trust, the umbrella organisation of which Samye Ling and all the UK Samye Dzongs are a part.� In 2017 appreciating his qualities and strength, his uncle, the current Abbot Choje Lama Yeshe Rinpoche and the Trustees of Rokpa Trust, appointed him Deputy Abbot of Samye Ling and all associated Samye Dzongs.� The Trustees also empowered him to teach, to take full responsibility for Samye Ling�s ordained Sangha and to establish a proper Monastery.

Also in 2017, during his inaugural visit to the U.K., H H Gyalwang Karmapa renamed him as Lama Katen, 'Upholder of the Kagyu Doctrine' and so from that time he has been known as Lama Katen.

Gelongma Lama Zangmo

Lama Gelongma Zangmo first became a practising Buddhist when she arrived at Kagyu Samye Ling in 1977 and took refuge with His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. Having received teachings from many highly respected lamas who visited Kagyu Samye Ling, she was inspired to enter the four-year closed retreat in 1984, during which time she became ordained as a Buddhist nun.

When the next long retreat started in 1989 Lama Zangmo wished to further her retreat experience and she was also asked to help and advise the new retreatants. Having completed that retreat in 1993, Lama Zangmo then entered a third long retreat and became the resident retreat teacher to the other women retreatants. That retreat ended in 1997, bringing the total number of years Lama Zangmo spent in retreat to eleven and a half.

In 1998 Lama Zangmo was one of a group of nuns who accompanied Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche to India, where she became fully ordained as a Gelongma (Bhikkuni) at a historic ceremony in Bodhgaya. This will in turn enable others to take full Gelongma ordination with the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in the future.

Lama Zangmo’s strong connection with Kagyu lineage and in particular with Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche has inspired her to work tirelessly and joyfully in service to the Dharma and helping others. In recognition of her long experience, selfless qualities and commitment, she became the first person in the UK to be honoured with the title of Lama by our organisation at a heart warming ceremony in Kagyu Samye Dzong London in June 2001.

This has given Lama Zangmo a wealth of experience on which to draw as she joyously Teaches the Dharma.

Clive Holmes

Clive Holmes has been teaching meditation for the last twenty years all over the UK, as well as in Samye Dzong centres overseas. He has completed over a year in intensive retreat and has studied in Europe and India with teachers from Burma, South East Asia, Japan and Tibet. He also has a degree in western philosophy. He is co-editor of  the books "Taming the Tiger"and "Restoring the Balance" by Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche.  He also has an honorary appointment as Teaching Fellow in the School of Education at Aberdeen University and is involved in teaching MSc Mindfulness.




Change in Dharma Event Fees: All Buddhadharma Teachings, instructions and practice sessions are free of charge.

Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, our Abbot and spiritual guide recently announced the removal of fees for Dharma activities at Kagyu Samye Ling, in honour of his brother Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche.  Since the time of Lord Buddha there has been a tradition of supporting the Dharma through offerings, and so Lama Rinpoches wish is that Dharma students will continue to support the Dharma through the meritorious act of donations. Kagyu Samye Dzong Glasgow will be doing the same with its Dharma events.

Please note that courses that are not part of Kagyu Samye Dzong Glasgow's Dharma programme will have their own fees. Please review the course description for details.


Non Buddhist Courses



Year Long Mindfulness Course 

Mindfulness Association Level One Mindfulness Training

Tutors: Chloe Homewood and Navin Arora

Dates: 9-10 June 2018, 15-16 September 2018, 24-25 November 2018 and final weekend to be confirmed

Booking info: To book the first weekend of this course please click the booking link. You will be contacted after attending the first weekend to book the further three weekends.
To book, please click here.

Times: The course runs from 10am till 5pm on Saturday and Sunday

Location: Kagyu Samye Dzong Glasgow, 7 Ashley Street, Glasgow, G3 6DR.
For more information about this venue, please click here.

Dates: 9-10 June 2018, 15-16 September 2018, 24-25 November 2018 and 9-10 February 2019

Cost: 150 per weekend including manual


Mantra Recitation for Akong Rinpoche

Khentin Tai Situpa Rinpoche has requested that all of Akong Rinpoches students join together in the recitation on one hundred million of the following mantras - The Short Dorje Sempa Mantra, The Tara Mantra and The short Prayer to Arya Tara

Can you please email numbers weekly and I will add them together and submit them to Samye Ling.

Om Benza Satto Hung

Om Tare Tutare Ture Soha

Jetsun pama drolma chay chenno, Jiktang dook ngal koon lay chap tu sol

Akong Rinpoche

About Kagyu Same Dzong Glasgow

Kagyu Samye Dzong Glasgow is a Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre and part of Rokpa Trust, an international organisation set up by Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche, co-founder of Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Centre at Eskdalemuir in the Borders. The Trust is active in the fields of education, health and spiritual development .. both here in Glasgow and across the world.

Kagyu Samye Dzong Glasgow is a place for everyone, where the overall aim is to provide support for any activities which are of benefit to the people of Glasgow. You can pay us a visit any weekday between 11am and 1pm. All that happens at KSD Glasgow is due entirely to the hard work and dedication of unpaid volunteer staff.



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