Dear Friends,

Please see the following letter from our sister Samye Dzong in London:

Mantras for Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche and Samye Ling

We will shortly be adding the sessions as requested by His Holiness Karmapa, please check the events page for further updates.

May all beings know happiness and the causes of happiness, and be free from suffering.

2017 is a very special year in KSDD as we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of our beautiful Centre, founded in 1977, from its humble beginnings meeting in a practitioners sitting room, to our current home in Kilmainham, the oldest established Buddhist Centre in Ireland. We have a programme of celebrations planned for the year, with visits from many esteemed teachers from the Kagyu Buddhist lineage, enforcing the strong tradition of Dharma for which we are renowned. We hope that many of you will visit us during our celebratory year and benefit from the beauty and the wisdom of the teachings of the Lord Buddha.


Upcoming Events in 2017

thubten_gelong_buddhist_monk_220Gelong Thubten will once again be visiting the Centre on a regular basis during 2017. Details of courses and weekends are being finalised. Check out the Events page for more information.




Auspicious symbol 5Introduction to Buddhism Evenings - The first Tuesday of every month. This introductory evening covers aspects of Buddhism such as the life story of the Lord Buddha, the teachings of the Buddha and the spread of Buddhism througout Asia and now throughout the Western World, and explaining the differences (or similarities!) between the different aspects of Buddhism – Tibetan, Zen etc. Talks are facilitated by the practitioners of Kagyu Samye Dzong and all are welcome to attend.


BuddhaMeditation Instruction for Beginners - to ensure that you get off to the best possible start in your practice of Meditation, we offer instruction in the traditional Buddhist practice of Meditation on a Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm – 8.45pm and Saturday mornings from 10.30am – 11.30am (this is followed by a short meditation session from 12pm – 12:30). Learning the correct posture and techniques are vital to ensure that you get the most benefit from your practice, and it is also important to receive these instructions from a qualified and authorised teacher. In KSD Dublin these instructions are given by Emile, umzi (practice leader in Kagyu Samye Dzong Dublin), an experienced meditator and practitioner who has been authorised by Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche to do so.


iyengar-logoNew for KSDD – Yoga classes for all levels! New Year New You! Yoga works on each individual for their growth and betterment – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Through the practice of physical postures (called asanas) one develops strength, mobility and stability, and makes the body  a firm foundation for the practice of meditation. See our events page for more info.


Clive HolmesThe Six Paramitas with Clive Holmes in April 2017. Clive will share teachings about the six paramitas, how to bring mindfulness into a social and ethical framework. These instructions are about the way of life for a meditator. This is Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living, open and suitable for all.


HHK visit UK 2017As you may now know, His Holiness Karmapa is due to visit the UK in May, and will give a series of teachings and Empowerments. Due to the incredible demand for tickets and the great disappointment of many who were unable to get tickets at the moment of sale, the organisers have just announced the event is moving to a new, bigger venue, and there will be extra tickets on sale Tuesday 2nd May at 8pm.  ***Tickets already purchased for the original venue are valid for the new venue.***

Please see also the following message from Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche:

“To all those connected with Kagyu Samye Ling and our centres:

It is my great pleasure to inform you that everybody who wishes to receive Karmapa’s teachings will now be able to do so. The events in London on 20th and 21st May have been moved to a larger venue, as many people did not manage to get tickets. Now there is the opportunity for everyone to participate. 

This is the golden opportunity of your life. HH the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa is the incarnation of Pakchok Chenrezig himself, and he is going to bestow teachings and the Chenrezig empowerment. I request you all to make every effort to attend. 

In particular, the empowerment will be of great benefit for those of you who practice Chenrezig, or do the Nyungney practice, or wish to do so in future.

Samye Ling may not be able to arrange empowerments for some time due to the scarcity of qualified and well respected teachers who can give the transmissions, so I would strongly recommend everyone to go to see HH Karmapa.

These events will be a great blessing for all who wish to make a connection with a Living Buddha.

See  for more information.

Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche”

***For those of you who are not able to travel to London for the visit, we will be showing the webcast in the KSD Dublin Shrine Room on the Saturday and Sunday – see the events page for more information – and all are welcome to attend and participate in this momentous event, from a distance!***

KDDR***Wonderful news! Khenpo Damcho Dawa Rinpoche will be visiting us on the June Bank Holiday Weekend, and will give teachings from Gampopa “Advice like Nectar”. Gampopa is one of the most important teachers of the Kagyu Lineage, and his advice is as relevant today as it was a thousand years ago. Khenpo Damcho Dawa is a highly respected lama, teacher and publisher, who runs the Tulku College in Yushu. This is where Tulkus (reincarnated lamas) of all four lineages receive their education. Rinpoche also works towards the collection and preservation Buddhist scriptures and traditions, having published long-lost works. And he is also founder of the Chola Xiang Orphanage School, and is known for his humanitarian work. This will be a wonderful opportunity for our community to rekindle the connection made with Rinpoche on his brief visit in 2012, and to receive teachings from such a respected lama. Booking is essential, so please book your place now, or call 01 4537427. More details can be found on our events page


And in the pipeline….visits from our Abbot Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, Khenpo Labu Drupon Rinpoche and more……watch this space!!!

Check our Events page regularly, as events are confirmed we will get them on the web!

Following the instruction of our Abbott and Director, Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, we are expanding Kagyu Samye Dzong Dublin to help us bring the Dharma to an even greater number of people and eventually build the first Tibetan Temple in Dublin.

We hope that you will all join with us on this journey. The growth of the Centre was the dream of our Founder, Akong Tulku Rinpoche, and on his last visit to Dublin in April 2013, he told us that this was what we have to make happen. This will require effort and support, both financial and physical, from the whole community of Kagyu Samye Dzong Dublin, to realise his dream of a bigger Centre for Dublin.

To enable us to achieve this goal we are looking for people to become ‘Supporters of Kagyu Samye Dzong Dublin’ – we are looking for 108 participants – who will agree to commit to contributing just €5 per month (or more if you can manage it). This will provide us with a regular income stream to allow us to meet repayments. If you are in the lucky position to be able to make a more significant financial commitment to the Centre – either in the form of a once-off donation or an interest-free loan, please let us know.  Contact us by phone 01 4537427 or by email to find out how you can donate. You can also download a  Membership form and Membership leaflet, print it off, fill in and send it to your bank, or use the details to set up a standing order online


Looking forward to seeing you in the Centre soon!!!