update, Autumn 2006
Prayer Wheel House
remaining 15 prayer wheels are still on order from Nepal. Telephone
and email contact is very erratic and we are still waiting to hear
when they will be delivered. Meanwhile Kunga and Yeshe are continuing
to to saffron and roll the sheets of mantras which fill the prayer
wheels. At present it is not possible to turn the wheels as dust from
he building work has entered the internal mechanism, and the plan
to go "electric" has to wait until all the wheels are in
Forceful representations have been made to the Road Safety authorities
to establish a speed limit on either side of Samye Ling so far to
no avail. In order to protect the Prayer Wheel house from another
bull dozing by logging lorries we are erecting a metal safety barrier
along the road which will eventually be camouflaged by beach hedges.
This should be in place very soon.
the recent gales two lengths of the prayer flags that decorate the
four sides of the Stupa and which are held by ropes to the top of
the spire were blown down. We hope to have these reattached on new
ropes gales and weather permitting before the winter sets in.
Fountain of Blessings
Statue of Guru Rinpoche in the Fountain of Blessings is in the process
of being repainted by Chokyi Zangmo and the surrounding pond is
to be tiled with small blue tiles which have been sponsored. It
is hoped that his work will be completed by next spring.
9th 2005 - Logging lorry demolishes the Prayer Wheel House
cut the driver, remarkably unscathed, free from his cab.
Wheel House Situation as
of February 2006
the morning of December 9th an unladen logging lorry skidded on
some black ice on the narrow valley road that passes Samye Ling,
careered through the hedge into the prayer wheel house and brought
the whole structure down. Miraculously no one was killed.
So far we have begun to clear the site and are waiting for an insurance
settlement from the logging company so that the work can be repaired
and rebuilt, hopefully in time for the Guru Rinpoche Drupchen in
June. We still need to buy more prayer wheels however and there
will almost certainly be additional costs for the woodwork which
was not completed and the cabinet work needed to create sheltered
niches for remains, ashes and funeral urns in the inn wall's recesses.
Information about the Prayer Wheel House
you would like to sponsor
a Prayer Wheel or the mantras within it is still possible to do
Lorries endanger Life and Property in Eskdalemuir
most positive way of responding to this event is to be thankful
that the Prayer Wheel House protected the Stupa and that no one
was seriously injured. However, this accident was the second demolition
of a building by a logging lorry to occur on this road within the
Ling is one of the most visited tourist sites in Scotland. Hundreds
of residents and visitors walk our valley every week. The whole
valley has been campaigning for several years for a speed limit
and ultimately the rerouting of these juggernauts which take 75
yards to brake effectively. Their speed down the narrow valley roads,
regularly in groups of two or three, often exceeds 40 MPH. Our local
roads are far too narrow to accommodate these heavy vehicles, laden
or unladen. Smaller vehicles, bicycles and walkers are at constant
risk. In wet weather it is a common occurrence for lorries to pass
walkers at speed and drench them with black mud from head to toe.
Road surfaces are potholed from the extreme weight of the lorries
and the roadsides are ditched and eroded as the lorries take to
the verges to avoid oncoming traffic.
Galloway the danger posed by these giants has posed such a threat
to residents and tourist complaints have been so numerous that a
railway is being built to carry the timber. We strongly urge readers
to petition the local logging companies, local government and the
Scottish Parliament to enforce the rerouting of their trucks using
the money set aside for this project which has already been given
and approved by the European Union and the Scottish Parliament.
At the very least a 20 MPH speed limit should be observed throughout
the valley by heavy vehicles.We need your prayers and support
in whatever way you can give it.