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About Us

How it all began

From the early 1980's, a group of people met in the Glasgow area to study and practice the Dharma and to work towards having their own base in the area .. all under the auspices of Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan centre near Eskdalemuir in the Borders. The property at 7 Ashley Street (formerly known as Rokpa House) was purchased in May 2000, and work began to upgrade the rooms for use. It was finally inaugurated in March 2001 by the Founding President of Rokpa Trust, and co-founder of Samye Ling, Dr Akong Tulku Rinpoche.

A semi-professional kitchen was installed in the basement to continue to provide soup, but more efficiently, for the Simon Community Glasgow Soup Kitchen .. for more details click here.

Reception, Library and Shop

The Reception and Office is open on weekdays from 11am to 1pm, when any visitors are welcomed and any phone messages actioned. Both the Library and Shop are also open throughout the week, and on some weekends between around 10am and 4pm. Please click in the column to the left, for Library and Shop details.

Rooms for Rent

A wide range of groups and therapists rent the rooms at Kagyu Samye Dzong Glasgow. Please browse the list on the left for more details.


Everything that happens at Kagyu Samye Dzong Glasgow is due entirely to the efforts of volunteer staff. YOU could join the volunteers if you have some time to spare .. click here to register your interest.