Dear Friends,

Welcome to 2019, the year of the Female Earth Sow – many Tashi Delegs to you all, may it be filled with blessings and may all beings benefit.

HHK 17Here are some words from a talk by His Holiness 17th Karmapa in New York  – “In the Buddhist tradition, the coming of the New Year is a sign of impermanence – the fact that nothing remains the same, but shifts and changes. So when we come to the New Year, we can take it as a reminder of impermanence and also as an opportunity to change. Whatever might have happened in the past, we do not need to remain stuck there. We can always take a step forward and find new hope and courage…Sometimes, we have the hope that the mere passage of time will deliver positive changes, so we sit and wait for them. But time itself is changing moment to moment and so are things, such as our bodies. We cannot remain passive and just wait for time to shift our life around. We need to look into ourselves and find the changes we want to see. And then we are the ones who must initiate these changes and take responsibility ot transform ourselves. What is it that mainly needs to change? Our way of thinking and our motivation. If we can change these two, we will create a big shift in our lives”


e246a93f-5dba-4d65-b01c-3fc9daced07aIn line with His Holiness’ wishes for us to be more environmentally aware, this year has gotten off toIMG_0399 a good green start with some native tree planting at a Kagyu practice site in Wicklow, which have been sponsored by the Kagyu community in Ireland and the UK. All are native species including oak, hazel, Scots pine, bird cherry, yew and birch. If you would like to help sponsor this great project and help lower your carbon footprint, the trees are very reasonable! €5 per tree, contact us on 01 4537427 or email to find out how you can help.


We have some amazing events coming this year, including visits from Clive Holmes in April and September, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche in May, Khenpo Damcho Dawa Rinpoche in June (subject to visa!), Gelong Thubten also in June (to be confirmed), Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche in September, and Lama Zangmo (of London Samye Dzong) in November. Details for each visit will be posted on our Events page as they are confirmed.

See more on our events page

For upcoming events in the Centre please see our events page – this changes all the time so check back regularly! And below are details of the regular weekly events in the Centre – check the Regular Programme page for more details and any changes due to other events.


***Re GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) – new regulations came in to force on Friday 25th May 2018. This means that any organisation, business, charity etc which gathers data of whatever type, must have proper safeguards in place for the protection of that data. In Kagyu Samye Dzong Dublin, we only have your email address – if you have signed up for our mailing list. This is only for the purpose of contacting you with our newsletters and alerts regarding upcoming events. This is kept on our secure database and is never shared with anyone else, and never will be! We do not hold any other information. The new regulations require us to receive consent from each and every one of you on the mailing list stating that you still wish to receive emails from us in the future (and we would love to stay in touch!). All you need to do is send us an email saying ‘Yes to emails’ and we will keep you on the list. If we do not hear from you, we will have to say goodbye (although you can join up again through our ‘Sign up’ page

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Introduction 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 – 12pm (this is followed by a further ‘building a stable practice’ session from 12pm-1pm and a short meditation session from 1pm – 1.30pm). 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-logoIyengar 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. Classes take place on Tuesdays at 6pm-7.15 and Thursdays 7.30pm-8.45pm. See our events page for more info

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 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!!!