Buddhist Centre Visit – Serenity Project

I honestly don’t think there can be anywhere that feels more serene than the Samye Ling Buddhist Centre in Eskdalemuir, Scotland. I’ve visited here a number of times over the years and have seen many changes as the centre has grown and extended around the central temple.

It’s hard to explain the feelings of calm and tranquillity that can be felt throughout grounds, there are prayer flags, lanterns and offerings scattered around and if you are lucky enough to be there when the monks are praying in the temple it’s an experience not to be missed. I know little about Buddhism but I love how welcoming this place is, it’s perfectly acceptable to go sit in the temple during prayers as long as you remove your shoes. The prayers consist of chanting and bang of drums and large gongs, I don’t understand a word but somehow the experience is both relaxing and uplifting.

It’s not really possible to capture the feeling of this place in images, I’ve tried but I don’t think I’ve done it justice…

For the first time in a long time I haven’t shot with a Lensbaby! I’ve recently purchased a Fuji X-T20 so that I can carry much less weight around with me and I’m experimenting with different lenses. I’ll be back to Lensbabies very soon though!

Next up in this month’s Serenity Circle is Eileen Critchley, an Ohio photographer. Please click here to head over and pay her a visit and be sure to click through the links for lots of inspiring images.


  • Wendy Reply

    I never knew such a place existed here in Scotland Janet. I love your photos. I have seen places in Scotland with materials tied to trees. There’s a couple of such places around Aberdeenshire which your images reminded me about. I was in Edinburgh one time and a Bhuddhist monk dropped his bell. I remember picking it up for him. I was studying theology in Edinburgh at the the time and was at The Mound with some of the other students when he passed by. He was with other monks and they had been walking some distance I believe. I just wanted to help as he seemed so weary. He just nodded and didn’t say anything. This was over 25+ years ago, but I remember it well still.

    • Janet Broughton Reply

      I think this is the only place of it’s sort in Europe Wendy and it’s amazing. I’ll bet your monk didn’t speak English. When my daughter was small we visited here and sat in the back of the temple during prayers, we were both sat cross legged and she was mesmerised. As the prayers finished a very old monk lead the others out past us and when he saw her he stopped and smiled and touched her head and said a few words in Tibetan, he didn’t speak English but it was such a lovely moment for all of us!

      • Wendy Reply

        Sounds lovely Janet. The Tibetan monks are so sincere to what they believe. Anderson for many.

  • Eileen Reply

    What a gorgeous and serene place to visit! I love the images you created.

    • Janet Broughton Reply

      Thanks Eileen, it’s amazing and hard to do it justice in a few images!

  • Jillian Reply

    These are all so beautiful Janet! I love all the little details you captured and how you used colour and depth to capture the mood. There is a Buddhist Centre about an hour away from here, so I must visit one day!

    • Janet Broughton Reply

      Thanks Jillian. I can highly recommend visiting, I’m not a religious person but this place always moves me.

  • Nancy Armstrong Reply

    Janet this sounds and looks like such a wonderful place to visit. I would love to see it some day! Great job of capturing the feel of the place visually in your photos.

    • Janet Broughton Reply

      It’s amazing Nancy, I hope one day you make it there!

  • Wendy Reply

    P.d. Meant to say, you rocked this non Lensababy lens! 🙂

    • Janet Broughton Reply

      Thanks! It feels odd not to have some Lensbaby blur!!

  • Lori Reply

    I love how you’ve captured all the details you found here. It really tells a story.

    • Janet Broughton Reply

      Thanks Lori!

  • Joan Showers Reply

    Janet, I love how you captured the details and the big pictures of the Buddhist Centre. I went to one in Shanghai two years ago and was so moved. I videoed the sounds of the chanting which I listen to occasionally as it brings me to such a centered place.

    • Janet Broughton Reply

      I always feel moved when I visit and I totally understand how the chants make you feel centred.

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