Creatures, Myths & Legends
Buddhists claim Loch Ness Monster is a 'naga'
By T.K. Randall
April 28, 2014 · 38 comments
Is the Loch Ness Monster even a physical creature ? Image Credit: CC 2.0 Dave Conner
The UK's first Buddhist Lama believes that the creature is more of a spiritual than physical entity.
Most attempts to capture evidence of Scotland's famous lake monster over the years have been based on the idea that there is an actual physical creature living in the murky depths, but now in the run up to the opening of a new Buddhist centre in the Highlands there is talk of a much different interpretation of the monster legend.
Lama Gelongmo Zangmo, spiritual director of a project to bring the new centre to Drumnadrochit this autumn, maintains that the Loch Ness Monster has never been about there being a physical creature residing in the lake.
"Nessie is a naga," she said. "We build the relationship with the naga, try to please them and don't abuse the environment. If Nessie is treated well, she will bring prosperity."
Lama Zangmo also went on to praise the region as a place of magic and inspiration.
"This is such a beautiful part of the country and it has a very special feel to it," she said. "The natural setting is wonderful, how pure the air is and the sense of spirit in the Highlands is most magnificent and inspiring. The scenery is striking, the light is beautiful and being close to Loch Ness has a special magic about it."
Source: The Scotsman
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