On my search for places of exceptional peace and quiet I was keen to make a stop at the Samye Ling Buddhist Monastery in the heart of Eskdalemuir. Join me for a soundwalk around the gardens of Samye Ling that are dedicated to world peace and then up to 'Fairy Hill' where an aural delight awaits not far into the forest.
A sign in the garden reads 'This Stupa garden is dedicated to World Peace and Harmony. In the Buddhist tradition it is considered most beneficial and respectful to walk around the Stupa in a clockwise direction.' The clockwise circumambulation of religious buildings and relics is common across many religions. It is thought that our association with the word 'right' in both the directional and the moral sense may originate from this practice of clockwise circumambulation. Therefore by practicing this tradition one can always be ensure that they are taking the right path. (The Wheel of Great Compassion-Lorne Ladner & Lama Zopa Rinpoche).
At the top of Fairy Hill prayer flags strung between the trees flutter in the midday breeze. Buddhists believe that the prayers of peace, compassion and good health printed on the flags will be carried by the wind and spread their blessings across the land to all those who feel the wind's breath.