Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Buddhist Centre

Kagyu Samye Ling is set in a valley on the banks of the River Esk, at Bhudda in the Main Shrine RoomEskdalemuir twenty-five miles from Dumfries.   The monastery lies 1.9 miles from the Eskdalemuir Magnetic Observatory.  Kagyu Samye Ling is a very peaceful and tranquil place, where Kagyu Buddhist teachings and practices take place to the highest levels.  It is dedicated to world peace and happiness.

Buddhist nunKagyu Samye Ling was established in 1967 and was the very first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the West, and today is flourishing as a monastery and retreat centre with many lamas, monks and nuns.  There is also a residential community who live on the site and follow Buddhist teachings.

Kagyu Samye Ling is led by two Tibetan lamas:  The Venerable Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche, a Vajrayana master and incarnate lama, who is the spiritual leader of Europe and Africa, and his brother,  The Venerable Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, the Abbot of Samye Ling and Retreat Master. Many of the world’s leading teachers and venerated Buddhist leaders have visited Samye Ling, helping to develop Buddhist teaching and practices.

Day visitors are welcome at Samye Ling, and to attend services in the Temple, but are asked to be respectful of others.  Samye Ling offers accommodation to those who wish to make a longer stay.  They offer many “Mindful” courses and Retreats, lasting from a few days to years of study in Buddhism.  People from all over Europe and globally attend these courses.


Samye Ling has many volunteers who participate in activities from working: in the Tibetan Tea Rooms; duties in the communal Dining Room for residents and visitors; gardening, to building work, and new members are always welcome.

Main Shrine RoomThe Main Shrine Room

Prayer, meditation and teaching sessions are led by lamas in The Main Shrine Room, although the temple is open for personal meditation sessions.  The Shrine Room is a glorious red and golden Temple.  Red is a very important colour in Buddhism as it represents life.

Prayer Wheels

Buddhist Prayer WheelsThe Prayer Wheels at Samye Ling turn twenty-fours a day, sending out millions of mantras (prayers) for peace and compassion throughout the world.

The Tibetan Tea Room

The very colourful and traditional Tibetan Tea Room is furnished in Tibetan style, with seating and cushions, which are hand made on site.  It offers drinks and vegetarian snacks to visitors.

The Shop

The shop sells Buddhist items such as statues and books, as well as crafts hand-made in Nepal or Zimbabwe in co-operatives which support their local communities.

Article and  © photographs by Myra Boyle 2012

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