Kagyu Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre making compost from food waste

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. A place of great natural peace and beauty which offers a range of courses to learn about Buddhism, Meditation, Yoga, Mindfulness and many other subjects. With accommodation for visitors as well as residents there is a large restaurant serving three meals every day.
Tara Healing GardenBuddhist Monastery

A Ridan food waste composting system in the Tara Healing Garden now takes all of the food waste and creates a fertile compost which is used by the gardening team to grow more food for the restaurant. Eliminating a large waste stream and associated cost.


Temple Shrine



There are three main aspects to Buddhist practice:

1. Doing no harm
2. Performing wholesome actions
3. Training our mind through meditation.

One of the major differences between Buddhism and other religions is its perspective on the human condition. While it is common in many other traditions to regard a person as innately flawed or impure, and thus, the life’s task of that person is to seek redemption, the Buddhist tradition regards a person as naturally good and pure, and the life’s task of that person is to awaken this innate purity.

Peace, health and respect for all living things are core principles of Buddhism. So caring for our world, avoiding pollution and promoting health in our environment as well as our soils and ourselves is extremely important. The Ridan food waste composter fits perfectly with these principles. Preventing waste and pollution without using any energy.

Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Centre