Vigil for peace brings in 2018

Com­rie Cen­tre for Peace and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion be­ing set up

Strathearn Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Lynn Duke

A vigil for peace in the new year was held at Cultybraggan Camp on New Year’s Day.

The Com­rie Cen­tre for Peace and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion (CCPR), for those of any faith or none, is be­ing set up in the orig­i­nal chapel at Cultybraggan Camp and on Mon­day lo­cals joined Bud­dhist nun Sis­ter Can­dasiri at the for­mer PoW camp’s chapel for the two-hour ob­ser­va­tion.

The chapel is be­ing brought back into use this year and the idea of the CCPR is for it to be to­tally non-de­nom­i­na­tional, who are in­ter­ested in find­ing peace – both in­ner and outer.

The chapel is cur­rently un­der­go­ing ren­o­va­tion work and will be for­mally opened in the spring.

Mean­while, peo­ple are in­vited to use the chapel to “spend time qui­etly in still­ness, prayer or con­tem­pla­tion”.

Speak­ing about the New Year’s day vigil, Sis­ter Can­dasiri of Mil­n­tuim Her­mitage in Gle­nart­ney said: “It was a sim­ple be­gin­ning and I was very pleased some peo­ple braved the chill and sat with me and Tuya, who is orig­i­nally from Mon­go­lia and was vis­it­ing Mil­n­tuim over the hol­i­days.

“We had gone along to the chapel early to light the stove, set out some mats and try to get it a bit cosy, so that peo­ple could sit com­fort­ably for as long as they wanted to stay.

“For­tu­nately ev­ery­one who came had heeded the ad­vice on the no­tice, and came very well muf­fled up as it didn’t get warm – at all!

“But we sat with can­dles and in­cense and it was very peace­ful.

“An ex­tract from a short read­ing taken from Thomas Mer­ton’s ‘ The Way of Chang Tzu’ seemed to en­cap­su­late the open, lis­ten­ing qual­ity of the oc­ca­sion: ‘Some power stands be­hind all this and makes the sounds die down. What is this power?’”

Sis­ter Can­dasiri added: “Over the next weeks the chapel will stay open, the can­dles, mats and chairs are there for any­one who would like a few min­utes’ quiet dur­ing a busy or con­fus­ing day.

“In the spring time we plan to have an of­fi­cial launch, with the plant­ing of a tree or shrub in the area be­side the chapel which is des­ig­nated as a Peace Gar­den.

“Once we know when that will be there will be a note to let ev­ery­one know.”

The chapel is sit­u­ated within the first hut on the right as you go into the camp.

Vigil Sis­ter Can­dasiri and Tuya Purevgonchig dur­ing the peace vigil at Cultybraggan Chapel on New Year’s Day

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