Samye Ling, Scotland

Samye Ling is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery and centre for world health and peace. Surrounded by nothing but nature in Eskdalemuir, Dumfries and Galloway.  You couldn’t ask for a more peaceful retreat.

After a scenic drive from Edinburgh, we were welcomed by the 60 residents of Samye Ling including the volunteers, monks and nuns of samye ling. After settling in, we headed to the main shrine in the temple where our first part of our retreat was about to begin. We chose the pathway to heart and mind study retreat with Clive Holms. Clive was nothing but a delight but I must admit the course went a bit over our heads. I think we should have maybe started with a beginner course! Even though, we may not have understood everything we definitely would have still taken a lot of knowledge away with us and I definitely felt better within myself!


The monastery has a daily plan for all who live there and its visitors. Anyone can join in at any point and you don’t need to partake in a course to stay at Samye Ling. On the Saturday we woke at 0530 just in time to see the sunrise and join in with the monks and nuns on their morning green Tara prayers. It really was beautiful to witness and you can’t not admire their dedication.


In between our Saturday retreat sessions we wandered the grounds of Samye Ling including the river and the ‘fairy hill’ while drinking cups of tea. You can’t get much more chill than that.After a day of trying to soak up Clive’s wisdom, veggie food ( which was really tasty! ) and just some good old relaxing, we took a little trip to Moffat.


Moffat is one of my favorite places in the world and where AB (my fiancé) is from. The sun was really shining down as we chilled in station park with our chippy… You can take the girl out the city but not the city out the girl… We definitely all felt a little naughty about cheating on our retreat, at least we didn’t head to the pub!


On Sunday, we finished our retreat and packed up our stuff. We were really fortunate that during our stay, Samye Ling was also hosting its annual tea party. Everyone chipped in and helped them get ready for their 1000 plus visitors over a couple of hours. Everyone was in good spirits with dancing, cakes, tea, shopping and some big names from Samye Ling. It definitely was something to witness, however, I prefer Samye Ling when its lovely and peaceful so we headed back to Edinburgh with a bit of accidental detour.


Even if Buddhism isn’t a particular interest of yours, Samye Ling is definitely an amazing place to see and listed by VisitScotland as a tourist attraction. The Tibetan Monastery is wonderfully beautiful and as L said ‘my heart just feels as its going a little slower ‘ – I’m hoping she meant in a good way!


The Five Golden rules of Samye Ling

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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