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Kagyu Samye Ling Buddhist Monastery and Tibetan Centre

Classification and Statistics

Type:Exhibition or Centre
Opened: 1967
Type:Place of Worship
Tourist Rating: Two Stars
Text of Entry Updated: 12-APR-2017

Latitude: 55.2892°N Longitude: 3.1888°W
National Grid Reference: NT 246 001
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Extended Information
The sizeable temple building has a curved roof and is brightly decorated inside and out. The stupa was built on a site which had been blessed by the Dalai Lama in 1984. It is designed in very specific proportions and is intended to restore harmony and balance to individuals and to the world. The stupa is also used for funerals and will eventually house the ashes of up to 1000 individuals (Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike), together with a section for pets. The ornate interior blends woodwork of remarkable quality with representations of the Buddha. Following the tradition, visitors are encouraged to circle the stupa three times in a clockwise direction. The prayer-wheel house, which lies behind the stupa, contains 45 copper prayer-wheels, each containing around 40 million printed mantras. Making good use of modern technology, the wheels are turned by electrical motors but can also be accelerated by hand by devotees. When almost complete, the Prayer-Wheel House was demolished by a passing truck, which skidded on ice, and had to be rebuilt during 2006.

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