The US Air Pressure pulls rifle vary close to a Scottish Buddhist monastery

(RNS) – The US Air Force will no longer use a shooting range near a Buddhist monastery in Scotland and will bow to pressure after nearly 20,000 people signed a petition protesting their use and possible plans to expand the shooting range .

One resident described it as “putting a nightclub next to a monastery”.

The Air Force’s decision is a victory for the Tibetan Buddhist Samye Ling Monastery, named after Samye, the very first monastery in Tibet.

It is located in the tiny southern Scottish village of Eskdalemuir and is Europe’s oldest and largest Tibetan monastery. There are currently more than 60 monks and volunteers living here. It was loved by the late pop icon David Bowie.

Buddhists and residents complained about the noise and disturbance of the range as well as the danger to local bird habitats.

The Air Force said it was “unaware of concerns from the local community,” said Capt. Kevyn Kaler, spokeswoman for the 352nd Special Operations Wing, in a press release on Wednesday March 17.

The main temple of the Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Center in 2007. Photo by Robert Matthews / Creative Commons

The product line went live in June last year. Then the landowner applied for permission to accommodate a longer target range and a cabin. The plans stipulated that a worldwide remote shooting competition would take place on site, if approved.

Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, the abbot in retreat, protested.

“Thousands of people come to Samye Ling to take classes and meditate,” he wrote. “You all feel decidedly opposed to this plan. I have many friends from all over the world who are determined to speak out against it. “

Local residents agreed, saying they had been bypassed in the planning process and declined to expand the range.

The Air Force said it has “no future plans to use this training area” and is reviewing its training processes and protocols with the UK Department of Defense, the Stars and Stripes reported.

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