Bermondsey’s Buddhist centre celebrated its twentieth anniversary in traditional Tibetan style.
The Kagyu Samye Dzong London Tibetan Buddhist Centre for World Peace and Health in Spa Road celebrated the milestone with a traditional masked dance and sacred chant performed by the Tashi Lhunpo monks on July 8.
The Buddhist centre was founded in Lambeth in 1998 as the London branch of Kagyu Samye Ling in Scotland – the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Europe.
It later moved to Spa Road, where it has been run for fifteen years under the daily guidance of Lama Gelongma Zangmo.
The centre has brought the benefits of meditation to the busy lives of thousands of people over the years.
Lama Zangmo said: “Buddhism is very relevant for our times because it provides us with methods to deal with the mind and the emotions in our hectic lives.
“That is why it is so important to have centres like Samye Dzong London, where the teachings are available to anyone who is interested.”
To find out more about Kagyu Samye Dzong London Tibetan Buddhist Centre, visit: http://www.london.samye.org/