My perfect retreat – Kagyu Samye Ling

Meditation and yoga are fast becoming everyday tools, helping us cope with the pace of modern life, writes FHT Vice President Maria Mason.

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I have been studying and practicing yoga and meditation for many years and have been fortunate enough to have traveled to and stayed in a number of monasteries around the world. With a keen interest in Buddhism, I have now found my perfect retreat at Kagyu Samye Ling in Scotland.

Kagyu Samye Ling is a monastery and international centre of Buddhist training, known for the authenticity of its teachings and tradition. This incredible monastery has a sense of peace that is tangible. Now more than 40-years-old, its work has far reaching effects, offering spiritual guidance, charitable aid, health and therapy.

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Founded in 1967 by two spiritual masters, Dr Akong Tulku Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Kagyu Samye Ling was the first Tibetan Buddhist Centre to be established in the west.

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Daily life at Kagyu Samye Ling is centered around the beautiful shrine room with its gilded Buddhas, surrounded by thousands of smaller Buddhas. The day starts at 6am and the temple closes at 10pm, with the days consisting of communal tasks, gardening, cooking and general maintenance of the monastery, prayers, teachings and meditation.

My first visit to Kagyu Samye ling was a course run by Johnny Glover.

Johnny Glover is a yoga meditation teacher who uses traditional yoga practices offering practical support and encouragement to those who wish to develop a regular meditation practice.

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Since my first visit, over a year ago, we have introduced the benefits of yoga meditation to our clients, hosting days and weekend retreats at Beauty Time in Bristol.

With so much interest from clients, I have also been training to become a meditation teacher. This has benefited my own personal practice and enabled me to support my staff and clients by offering them different forms of relaxation.

I will be returning to Kagyu Samye Ling in October, with great excitement, to join a teaching and meditation course run by the truly respectful Buddhist monk, Drupon Rinpoche.

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‘Meditation means simple acceptance’ – Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche

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