Kagyu Buddhism community

Welcome to our community space

Kagyu Buddhism community

Kagyu Buddhism isn’t about centres and groups, but about people.  We are a network of people of all ages and backgrounds who share a common interest in learning about and practising Buddhism and Buddhist meditation.

Through the Dechen community we are linked to similar groups and centres throughout the UK, Europe and the Americas.

In this section you will find photos, blogs and updates about activities and events which reflect our diversity.

Wider communities

We are keen to welcome visitors at our sessions and Kagyu Ling is particularly happy to host visits from schools and other groups who want to learn more about Buddhism and to have a look around the Centre.  If you would like to organise a group visit, please contact our co-ordinators: email Manchester@dechen.org

We are also always happy to come out to do talks or run meditation sessions in your own venues.  We occasionally help deliver school assemblies, for example, and also run workshops at events where participants are interested in learning more about Buddhism or meditation. 

Kagyu Buddhism community: zooming through lockdown

Our online meditation classes and pujas, using zoom, have proved a valuable part of lockdown life for many members of the Kagyu Dechen community. Here a few people talk about their experiences.

Some of our dedicated community members have kept Kagyu Ling’s building and gardens running during the lockdown and helped get the Centre ready for reopening.  Read more: Beyond lockdown.

Appreciating other Buddhist traditions

We help organise an annual Manchester Buddhist Convention.  This sees Buddhists from across the north west come together for a series of workshops to learn more about one another’s approaches and to practice together. 

Learn about our nunnery in Nepal

Our community helps support a monastic community in the Kathmandu valley which is home to 25 nuns and a group of little girls.  Read about life in the shadow of the Boudhnath Stupa.

Kagyu Ling – the early years

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Lama Jampa Thaye, Karma Thinley Rinpoche and Angela Brady (Kagyu Ling’s first Co-ordinator) outside the first Centre in Reynard Road, 1977

We’re developing a digital archive for Kagyu Ling.  The Kagyu Buddhism community has grown dramatically since it began over 40 years ago and we thought it would be great to preserve some of that history.  We’ve been based in a number of buildings over the years and have had visits from many Lamas.  We’re hoping to capture the spirit of those times with photographs and other documents.  If anyone can help by letting us have old photographs to scan in (we’ll take care of them and return them asap) we’d very much appreciate it.

If you have any contributions for the archive, please contact us.