The almost completed Prayer Wheel House at Kagyu Samye Ling 2005
here for more pictures of the building in progress -Summer 2005
9th 2005 - Logging lorry demolishes the Prayer Wheel House
cut the driver, remarkably unscathed, free from his cab.
the summer of 2005 more than 60 volunteers arrived each weekend
to help build the Prayer Wheel House. Akong Tulku Rinpoche worked
alongside us every day and often gave impromptu teachings during
the group tea breaks. Amazing progress was made with a small group
of volunteers working alongside a team of residents every week day
from eight in the morning until ten or 11 at night. It was an unusually
hot summer with week after week of good weather and the atmosphere
was joyful and harmonious.
The walls and roof trusses were built and the inner walkway paved.
By the end of July all that needed to be done before the installation
of the prayer wheels was the fixing of sandstone . Meanwhile prayer
wheels were being filled with millions of mantras, painstakingly
saffroned, rolled and blessed. A self taught Mani Wheel engineer
had been working all summer experimenting with rods and cogs and
electrical ideas to create super smooth turning wheels. During the
autumn the copper roofing was completed and the sandstone sills
fixed in place ready for the prayer wheels to be installed by skilled
volunteers who worked at weekends. If you
would like to sponsor a Prayer Wheel or the mantras within it is
still possible to do so - click
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.
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.
THE ARTICLE FROM THE GLASGOW HERALD BY CALUM MACDONALD "LORRIES
RUIN BUDDHIST HAVEN" 24th February 2006