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In pictures: Samye Ling monastery

Samye Ling temple (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Monks walk past the temple of the Samye Ling Buddhist Monastery and Tibetan Centre near the village of Eskdalemuir

Samye Ling Buddhist Monastery (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The centre is the largest of its kind in the western hemisphere, with the temple fitting up to 500 people

Buddhist monk (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

A monk prepares for prayers on the 40th anniversary of the temple's opening

Buddhist nun (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

A member of the community prays inside the temple. Kagyu Samye Ling is open to people of all faiths and religions

Buddhist monks (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

A look is shared during prayer. The centre is a base for the preservation of Tibetan Buddhism, arts, medicine and culture

Buddhist monks (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Musical instruments being used during prayers

Buddhist prayers (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The temple took 10 years to construct and there are still plans to expand

Buddhist base continues to grow
05 Jun 07 |  South of Scotland

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