A world famous Tibetan Lama is in Scarborough to discuss the opening of a new meditation centre in the town.
Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche - known as the Good Luck Lama - is hoping the centre will be based at Londesborough Lodge, a grade two listed building considered to be at risk by campaign group Save Britain’s Heritage.
On Tuesday, Lama Yeshe visited the building before speaking to a packed audience at the town’s Crown Spa Hotel and meeting the Mayor of Scarborough and councillors.
He said: “Everyone has been very welcoming. The Scarborough centre would be a place of healing - we can offer something that is missing.”
Lama Yeshe added that the lodge was on the verge of “falling apart” and the project would restore it to much of its original glory.
Kagyu Samye Dzong Scarborough is a branch of the Rokpa Trust, the national charity who are hoping to convert the building into a health and wellbeing centre.
Group member Ani Tselha said: “Londesborough Lodge would be a community resource, with services including meditation, therapies and a community clinic.
“Buddhist principles are at the heart of our work, but we support people in their own beliefs and ideals.”