Volunteering: Kagyu Samye Dzong London

Lama Rigzin and the Gang working on the Upstairs Shrine Room.

I was fortunate enough to be involved painting the Upper Shrine Room with Lama Art Rigzin from Nepal and along side some of  his volunteers from many countries during the summer of 2012.

For more pictures please follow the link at the end of this introduction.

 Lama Rigzin is a Master Thangka Painter in the Karma Gadri Tibetan Tradition.

He has also studied Buddhist Philosophy and Rituals. Lama Rigzin has also completed various long Retreats.

He arrived from Nepal and worked in the shrine rooms at Kagyu Samye Dzong London, Bermondsey for five months during the summer of 2012.

Anyone with some artistic painting ability was asked to come and volunteer assisting  Lama Rigzin.

KSDL put together a team of artists to work under Lama Rigdzin’s Guidance.

He was at Kagyu Samye Dzong London and Kagyu Samye Ling until the end of November, just for 5 months.

Lama Rigzin was the Chief artist at Thrangu Rinpoche’s Vajra Vidya Institute.

He also completed murals of the Kagyu lineage at Thrangu Tashi Yangste Monastery in Namo Buddha.

There he was in charge of a team of 35 people; in London there were even more artists to coordinate..

The shrine room was officially opened in April 2013 and hosted by Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche along with the Samye Dzong Sangha and lay community.