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World Peace Tower to be Built Beside Loch Ness

October 16, 2012

Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche says heís fascinated by the Loch Ness monster and is setting up a World Peace Centre on the banks of the loch

Buddhists to Build World Peace Centre on Banks of Loch Ness to be Near Nessie

The Telegraph – October 16, 2012

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A World Peace Centre on the banks of Loch Ness is set to be established by the Buddhist community following this year’s successful visit of the Dalai Lama.

The Buddhist community is to establish a World Peace Centre on the banks of Loch Ness

Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, the founder of the Holy Isle project and abbot of Samye Ling Monastery in Dumfries-shire, has unveiled plans for the centre.

Lama Yeshe, who admits to having a fascination for Nessie, is on a five-day visit to the Highlands. He has identified one property with possibilities about 14 miles from Inverness and has also looked at others on both sides of the loch.

Lama Yeshe explained the Highlands were one of the Dalai Lama’s “most favourite” places in Scotland and admitted to also having personal reasons for choosing the area.

“I have been following the Loch Ness Monster for so long I have become attached to him, or her, so much that if I can find a place here it will be a wonderful place for us to develop as a centre,” he said.

“If we were to find a place to start the centre it will be somewhere where people from these parts will benefit from.

“It will provide something that the council can never provide.”

He envisaged the centre offering teaching in yoga, tai chi, meditation and therapy, not necessarily with Buddhist influences.

“It will be a very, very special and welcoming place where anybody who has anything to offer can work and share with others under the one roof,” he said.

A unique gift from the Dalai Lama, following his visit to Inverness in the summer, will be the centrepiece of the new venture.

The 12 feet high “Peace Pole”, made of seasoned Lochaber oak by Culbokie craftsman Steve Horsfall, has been inscribed in Tibetan, Gaelic and English with the Dalai Lama’s own words: “May peace prevail on earth”.

A planning application to create a Buddhist centre in the ground floor of Ballantyne House in Inverness’s Academy Street has been approved by council planners.

Satyapada Campbell, of Bunchrew Caravan Park, Inverness, wants to create the religious centre run by the former Friends of Western Buddhist Order, now known as Triratna.

The community was founded in the UK in 1967 and describes itself as an international network dedicated to communicating Buddhist truths.

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