Samye Ling

Weather in Scotland in the past few weeks has been incredible. I’ve tried to make the most of it and yesterday my Mum took us (all the kids) for a little road trip. She was planning this day for quite a while, she just didn’t expect she’d be taking all of us. It was meant to be a day out with her college group, but we decided that we all wanted to join her and she had no choice but to take us.IMG_20170526_193649_977.jpg

We firstly went to see Mum’s friends and had a little walk around Crawford. Jaq lives there and knows all the ins and outs and she showed us the most beautiful places. We were all spellbound. Ewa kept laughing because the wind was making her hair go all over the place, she wanted Mum to stop the car every single time we’ve seen a sheep (which is a LOT) and she truly loved it all.

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She was amazing throughout the whole day, behaved amazingly and enjoyed it all. After a quick lunch we all headed to Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Centre. It was a long drive because we got lost a few times but the views on the way were so great that we were busy taking it in. Once we got there we told Ewa to be very quiet and for the first hour she only whispered. She kept telling us off whenever we spoke too loud, it was the cutest thing in the world. She even ended up doing some meditation!

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We came in and took a long walk around the place, it was incredible. From the moment, you come through you feel the calmness taking over. It’s beautiful there and I don’t think the photos I took do it justice. It’s something you should experience yourself.

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About Samye Ling:

It was founded in 1967 by two spiritual masters, Dr Akong Tulku Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Samye Ling was the first Tibetan Buddhist Centre to be established in the West and was named after Samye, the first monastery to be established in Tibet.

It is an international centre of Buddhist training, especially known and recognised for its authenticity of its teachings and tradition. It offers instruction in Buddhist philosophy and meditation within the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. It is also a centre for the preservation of Tibetan religion, culture, medicine, art, architecture and handicrafts.

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It is a home to a residential community of over 60 people. It’s made up of both monastic and lay volunteers. You don’t have to be a Buddhist to live there but residents are expected to live according to Five Golden Rules which are:

  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 harmful sexual activity

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Samye Ling is part of ROKPA Trust, a registered charity which has three main areas of activity: spiritual, humanitarian aid, and Tibetan medicine and therapy. It’s free of charge to visit the place for a day to explore the grounds. There is a Café and Shop on site and both are great! There is some guest accomndation for overnight of longer stays available, however it’s necessary to book in advance (I think at least 24hrs).

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If you’re interest in living and working at Samye Ling as a volunteer, contact George Briggs: admin@samyeling.org or visit http://www.samyeling.org/

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I was amazed by how much I enjoyed my day there, I wish I was a more spiritual person but despite not being one it felt like a great experience.

Love,

Joanna

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