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
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
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
Our centres are under the spiritual guidance of Akong Rinpoche and
Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, following the
Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism under the head of the
lineage His Holiness the
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
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