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The aims of our charitable Trusts. How we started.
Kagy Samye Ling and Kagyu Samye Dzong centres in Europe and Africa
Resident and visiting lamas. Other lineage teachers and dharma helpers.
HH the 17th Gyalwa Karma, Urgyen Tinley Dorje. The illustrious Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
A useful collection of Buddhist teachings - theory and meditation.

The spiritual aims of our centres are threefold:

  to provide places of peace, refuge, regeneration and reconciliation for any one, of any faith.
  to generally encourage the study and practice of Buddhism and
  to specifically promote the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism


The centres are named Samye Dzong (in towns) and Samye Ling (when they have land), after Samye, the very first Buddhist monastic university of Tibet. This is because our mother centre in Scotland was the very first Tibetan Buddhist centre in the West. Dzong means large house and Ling implies grounds and gardens.

These centres and their activities came into being through the work of Dr Akong Tulku Rinpoche, a Tibetan reincarnate lama. You can read about him and the creation of Kagyu Samye Ling , in Scotland, by clicking on these links or on the titles in the header of this page. The 'Centres' flag on the left gives addresses and contact details.

Kagyu Samye Ling monastery
in Scotland

As well as their spiritual work, most of our centres also act as bases for the humanitarian aid and therapy activities of Rokpa. Rokpa is the umbrella organisation for all Dr Akong Tulku's work.





How Kagyu Buddhism first came West in 1963 The Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism What is Tibetan Buddhism General introduction to Buddhism