The Samye Ling Victory Stupa for World Peace


The Samye Ling Victory Stupa, the first authentic Stupa in Britain, was consecrated in Scotland on August 3rd 2000 on Dharmachakra Day by Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche. The consecration marked both the New Millenium and the 60th Birthday of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche, the Founder of Samye Ling. Constructed, filled and decorated according to ancient lineage instructions, the Stupa was dedicated to Healing the Environment and overcoming obstacles to World Peace.

A Stupa (or 'Cho-ten' - Tibetan for 'basis of offerings') is a 2,500 year old tradition introduced and taught by Buddha Sakyamuni to help transform and purify imbalance in the environment. The measurements of the outer form have to be extremely precise and the inner contents specific and properly placed and consecrated. Much of the building process demands that those involved should either be ordained monks and nuns, or maintain vows of ethical conduct, and for some parts of the process should repeat prayers continuously. All these specific instructions were observed in the building of the Samye Ling Victory Stupa.

Fulfilling these instructions creates an energy field that purifies and balances the internal and external elements of Earth, Fire, Air, Water and Space, that compose the universe. 

Prayer Wheel House



The "Mani korlo" or Prayer Wheel House standing on three sides of the beautiful Samye Ling Victory Stupa, was consecrated in a traditional ceremony by Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche on 7th July, 2007. Each of the forty-five Prayer Wheels contains millions of prayers. The energy and blessing of these prayers are activated and spread throughout the environment as the wheels turn. Electric motors turn the wheels very slowly so that the prayers are continuously transmitted day and night, but individual pilgrims can also turn the wheels by hand as each one has a beautifully turned wooden handle. They then gain the merit of saying these millions of prayers for all beings and for the planet itself.

Photographs Courtesy of Graham Riddell.

The Buddhist principle is to be everybody's friend, not to have any enemy.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Meditation means simple acceptance.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Only the impossible is worth doing.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Whenever we see something which could be done to bring benefit to others, no matter how small, we should do it.
Chamgon Khentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Freedom is not something you look for outside of yourself. Freedom is within you.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Hasten slowly, you will soon arrive.
Jetsun Milarepa
It doesn’t matter whatever comes, stop judging and it won’t bother you.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
Whatever obstacles arise, if you deal with them through kindness without trying to escape then you have real freedom.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
To tame ourselves is the only way we can change and improve the world.
Choje Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche
I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
Strive always to be as kind, gentle and caring as possible towards all forms of sentient life.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Every sentient being is equal to the Buddha.
Chamgon Kentin Tai Situ Rinpoche
Wherever and whenever we can, we should develop compassion at once.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche
Reminding ourselves of how others suffer and mentally putting ourselves in their place, will help awaken our compassion.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche