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I feel I’ve come home – Day one of my retreat at Samye Ling

I'm at Samye Ling for my retreat after a smooth train trip up here with just one change at Manchester. Then catching the 17.21 bus from Lockerbie to Eskdalemuir at just £2.20 and it stops right outside the monastery! I'd recommend it to anyone as being that much higher up than in a car you see more of the beautiful rolling hills and countryside. As you approach the monastery you see the white stupa and copper roof, the lines of prayer flags blowing in the wind, the lovely statues such as Nagarjuna in the small lake, and Guru Rinpoche. 

"I feel I've come home."

I feel I've come home. Familiar faces on reception attending to everyone's needs in their very efficient way. 


I have a retreat room and as I am writing this I can hear the deep sounding drums, cymbals and the conch playing from the main shrine room. I am reminded of the good workmanship as I look at the lovely wooden tables, drawer’s wardrobe and bed such attention to detail. I have everything I need right here. I consider myself very lucky to be in such close proximity to the main shrine room and temple. 

Yaks in Courtyard Samye Ling Aug 22nd 2018

The photos depict the view from my room. You can see the yak, the ornate red door entrances to the shrine room, the 2 deer either side of the Dharma wheel.

The perfect place for my retreat

I am reminded of the great work and vision of my teacher Akong Tulku Rinpoche who said only the impossible is worth doing 

Om Mani Peme Hung

Lorraine Harris

Lorraine is on retreat at Samye Ling  and has sent these pictures and written this blog post for us. We hope you'll enjoy the post.

Part of the Samye Ling Retreat Series

This blog post is part of a series of posts written by friends of the centre who've attended Samye Ling this year. 

Lorraine - I Feel I've Come Home - Day 1

Lorraine - An Evening Stroll - Day 2

Lorraine - A Birds Eye View - Day 3

Jan - A Family Break at Samye Ling

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