Finding Tibet in the Scottish Hills

The road leading from the motorway towards Samye Ling feels long, winding and remote. It makes arriving at the centre even more surreal and amazing. We visited on a wet day but the beauty, wonder and the serenity was still a joy to experience.

Samye Ling is a monastery and international centre of Buddhist training. It offers instruction in Buddhist philosophy and meditation. It is also a centre for the preservation of Tibetan religion, culture, medicine, art, architecture and handicrafts.

Founded in 1967, Samye Ling was the first Tibetan Buddhist Centre to be established in the West and was named after Samye, the very first monastery to be established in Tibet.


“Freedom is not something you look for outside of yourself. Freedom is within you.”
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche

“Reminding ourselves of how others suffer and mentally putting ourselves in their place, will help awaken our compassion.”
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Have you ever visited a Buddhist Monastery? What amazing places have you found hidden in the hills?

7 thoughts on “Finding Tibet in the Scottish Hills

  1. What a beautiful place – I had no idea there was a Buddhist monastery in Scotland. Also, I really love the second quote you added at the end: “Reminding ourselves of how others suffer and mentally putting ourselves in their place, will help awaken our compassion.” Such beautiful words to live by.

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  2. I love this place! Looks so serene & peaceful. I could stay here and spend my time meditating and enjoying nature.That particular tree is full of the one I saw in the Labyrinth Garden..have you noticed what are those hanging from the tree?

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    • The tree is known as a Clootie Tree it’s a Celtic tradition, where people hang pieces of thread and wool as offerings, in memory etc. The centre wanted to have something that embraces Celtic tradition with it being in Scotland.


  3. Hi looks amazing and yes I actually have.There is one near Ulverston called Conishead Priory ,which is a retreat but you can also just pop by to walk round the grounds and enjoy their cosy and very serene cafe.x

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