Anniversary Visit by World Buddhist Leader

NewswireToday, March 4, 2007

Glasgow, United Kingdom -- Glasgow Buddhists will be joined by spiritual leader Akong Tulku Rinpoche for a three day celebration marking the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Centre in the Scottish borders.

From March 12th to 14th, Rokpa House, in Glasgow's West End will be the centre of a series of events, ceremonies and teaching sessions as the Tibetan Buddhist community welcomes Akong Tulku Rinpoche, co-founder of Samye Ling. Other events, such as a visit to Hyndland Secondary School, will be part of the varied programme of meditation and discussion for both Buddhists and non-Buddhists.

"In 1967, Samye Ling became the first Buddhist centre to be founded in the west, and it is still the largest," says Jacquie Smith of Rokpa Glasgow. "We are privileged to welcome one of the most distinguished Tibetan lamas who has played such a prominent role in the spread of Tibetan Buddhism in the west through the Rokpa International organisation and Samye Ling. This 40th anniversary is especially auspicious since forty is a worthy number to Tibetans."

From its Eskdalemuir base, Samye Ling has established itself as a world centre of Buddhist wisdom and learning, with its spiritual activities and charitable work spreading through an international network of dharma centres, including Rokpa Glasgow.

Akong Tulku Rinpoche arrives in Glasgow on Monday March 12th after the Dundee leg of the 40th anniversary celebrations, and leaves for the Edinburgh leg on Thursday 15th, after the three day programme of events in Glasgow.

Rokpa Glasgow is based at Rokpa House, 7 Ashley Street, Glasgow 0141-332 9950 where there are full details of the programme of Akong Tulku Rinpoche's visit.