I have been making the journey up to Samye Ling for the past 17 years and have watched the progress of the main building and its surroundings with interest. Yes, it always has the appearance of a "work in progress" and is often akin to a building site - especially in the winter with mud a constant problem.
No, it is not a luxury hotel, nor even a 4 star establishment - but that is not really what it purports to be. What you will find at Samye Ling is a quiet haven in a busy and troubled world. For those wishing for a little "luxury" as far as accomodation is concerned the newly built "Retreat Rooms" are top notch. For those wishing to re-capture earlier experiences of hostel type accomodation shared dormitaries are available. The middle option is the Potala rooms. All are clean, warm and comfortable. The food is excellent vegetarian fare. The volunteers, nuns and monks are friendly and helpful.
I finally commited to the Buddhist faith by taking Refuge at Easter this year, however I never felt excluded on my numerous visits to this wonderful centre over the previous years. Lots of courses available throughout the year, not all of which are specifically for Buddhists or for those interested in Buddhism. Have a look at their website for further details.
The recent murder of their founder, Akong Rinpoche, has left a void in the community. Prayers for his swift return were underway whilst I was there. We pray for those who commited this terrible act.
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