A look at life in Kagyu Samye Ling Buddhist monastery in Dumfries and Galloway. Prayer and meditation are important parts of each day. When Buddhists pray they pray to the Buddha or other enlightened beings. They pray in the temple as a group as well as by themselves in solitude. The prayer flags around the monastery are inscribed with prayers and mantras - when the wind blows the prayers are carried through all parts of the universe. Buddhists meditate to calm the mind and relax into a natural state.
With the help of a guided meditation soundtrack (available for free online) students could try a meditation session. They could further explore the purposes of Buddhist prayer and meditation. How do Buddhist monks believe these practices have a positive effect on themselves and wider society? Students could research the Four Noble Truths and Eight-Fold path of Buddhism, and create presentations or written reports about it.