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Greystoke Primary School

Icold Road Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0TP


Samye Ling Buddhist Temple 2015


In order to fully understand our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 RE topic 'Why is Buddha important to Buddhists?' and 'Special Places', we were honoured to be given a tour of this peaceful, interesting and colourful place and meet some intriguing and inspiring people. 

We learnt many things during our visit about Buddhism, Buddhists and the Buddha. Since we were fortunate enough to experience a Buddhist prayer session, complete with chanting, singing bowl and a drum, we experienced the moments which bring Buddhists together. A demonstration of a Buddhist meditation ritual and the presence of some meditating monks were enlightening - we could see how they achieve inner peace - and it left a lasting impression on many of us. Touring the temple and its grounds brought to light what a tranquil community Samye Ling offers; a retreat for all kinds of people with the power to inspire you to love, share, appreciate and live peacefully. At the end of our visit, we had the opportunity to ask the abundance of questions which had arisen. What a fantastic learning journey!

Founded in 1967 the Centre is located in a peaceful valley on the banks of the river Esk in Scotland. Kagyu Samye Ling was the first Tibetan Buddhist Centre to have been established in the West.


We were all enchanted by the nuns during their prayer time.