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Kagyu Samye Dzong and Kagyu Samye Ling centres

Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centres for World Peace and Health


Samye Dzong and Samye Ling centres as well as Samye Dharma Groups are part of an international network of meditation centres. This network extends through many countries in Europe and Africa. All the centres and groups are affiliated to Kagyu Samye Ling in Scotland, at the heart of our network of centres under Rokpa Trust.


Samye Ling was the first major Tibetan Buddhist centre in Europe, co-founded by Akong Rinpoche in 1967. Samye Ling means "Inconceivable Place" and was named after Samye, the first Buddhist Monastery set up in Tibet over 1000 years ago.


Rokpa Trust also leads Holy Isle project in Scotland. It is hoped that Holy Isle will become a focal point for interfaith work and retreat and be a peaceful refuge in this hectic modern world.


Our centres are under the spiritual guidance of Akong Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, following the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism under the head of the lineage His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje.


Our centres are set up as registered charities or non-profit organizations in each country where we operate.


ROKPA Finland which includes Kagyu Samye Dzong Finland, was established the 26th of May 2002 in the auspicious day of Buddha Shakyamuni's enlightenment. It was registered as an association in January 2003 with Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche as its chairman.


Five Golden Rules


The residents and visitors in Samye Ling and Holy Isle are asked to observe the Five Golden Rules, as needful guidelines to attain interior peace and keeping a peaceful environment.


1. To protect life and refrain from killing.

2. To respect other's property and refrain from stealing.

3. To speak the truth and refrain from lying.

4. To embrace health and refrain from intoxicants.

5. To respect others and refrain from sexual misconduct.


"By keeping these Five Golden Rules we aim to keep Kagyu Samye Ling a pure and special place and an example for ourselves and others, now and in the future."  

                                                                        – Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche




ROKPA Finland Registered Association is a member of the worldwide organization established by a Tibetan meditation master and doctor Akong Tulku Rinpoche. The word ROKPA means to help or support and it refers to humanitarian activities. The humanitarian activities are lead by ROKPA INTERNATIONAL in Zürich.


The organization supports about 150 health, education and environmental projects in Tibet, Nepal, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Most of its activities are centred in the Tibetan Areas. ROKPA projects are mainly directed towards the poorest farmers and nomads.


  Tara Therapy is developed to help people especially in Western countries, who are looking for a deeper meaning of life. This method combines psychotherapy with eastern philosophy in order to balance emotions and reduce stress and anxiety. Tara Therapy is not combined to religion, but it is a good basis for further stabilizing the mind with meditation.


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Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche in Finland, May 2011

Dr Akong Tulku Rinpoche visited Finland in May 2006 during his European tour. Photos

His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche's advice to Rokpa Finland

Contact info

Rokpa Finland ry

Marunakuja 6 A 2

00840 Helsinki

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