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Kagyu Samye Dzong London
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Kagyu Samye Dzong London Tibetan Buddhist Centre for World Peace and Health is the London branch of Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery in Scotland. Kagyu Samye Dzong London is under the direct guidance of Chöje Akong Tulku Rinpoche and Venerable Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, the co-founder and Abbot of Samye Ling respectively.
The centre remained here until 2007 when the site became subject to redevelopment as part of the Terry Farrell-designed Founder's Place scheme.
This development was subsequently cancelled in 2010.
The building dates from 1892 and was one of the first free public libraries in London.
The Grade II listed building is opposite Spa Gardens and is within the Bermondsey Spa Regeneration area.
The building was bought by Kagyu Samye Dzong London from Southwark Council in 2009.
It was renovated by a volunteer workforce and opened to the public in June 2010.
This shrine room is located in the main hall of the original Victorian library.
The main function of the centre is to provide a place for meditation and teaching on Tibetan Buddhism within the Kagyu Tradition. Other activities include Yoga, Tai Chi, martial arts and mindfulness training. A Tibetan Doctor visits the centre monthly for consultations.
Visiting lineage teachers
In addition to teachings and empowerments from Akong Tulku Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, Kagyu Samye Dzong London has, since its foundation, hosted a number of visiting lineage teachers including Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Ponlop Rinpoche, Mingyur Rinpoche, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Khenpo Damcho Dawa Rinpoche and Drupon Rinpoche Khenpo Lhabu.
Rob Nairn, Alistair Appleton and Clive Holmes regularly teach at the centre on various dharma topics, meditation and mindfulness. The Mindfulness Association also runs certificated training courses at the centre.
The London Bardo Group, which is run by volunteers connected with Kagyu Samye Dzong London, can provide assistance to people with critical or terminal illness. It offers both practical and spiritual help.
Manor Place Centre
A second, smaller centre is located about a mile away in Manor Place, Kennington.
This Victorian building, of a very similar age to the Bermondsey centre, was the original public baths and wash-house for the local population.