They should never be kept on the ground It is considered disrespectful if the Buddhist prayer flags touch the ground. Therefore, they should always been hung at a height. Around the frame of the doorway is considered the right place to put the flags .
Tibetan prayer flags are traditionally hung in high places to catch the wind so the prayer will be carried out to bless and bring good fortune to all sentient beings. Translated to English, the words on Wind Horse prayer flags say : “May the rain fall at the proper time.
The colours hold meaning Blue represents the sky, white represents the air, red symbolizes fire, green symbolizes water, and yellow symbolizes earth. All five colours together signify balance.
A Tibetan prayer flag is a colorful rectangular cloth, often found strung along trails and peaks high in the Himalayas . They are used to bless the surrounding countryside and for other purposes. Prayer flags are believed to have originated with Bon.
Prayer Flags Dos and Don’ts Do treat your prayer flags with respect and take good care of them. Do not place them on the floor (or anywhere one can step on the prayer flags ). If you use the flags indoors , be sure to reposition them often or refresh, as they need movement in order to be most effective.
Besides being totally disrespectful , it’s bad luck to place Buddha in a bathroom. Also the statue should never face one. Dust accumulating on or around the statue is disrespectful . It will bring filth into your own life.
It is recommended that you do not hang prayer flags on inauspicious days. For example, the four elements–earth, water, fire, and wind–influence each day in pairs. January 9th, 2019 was a Fire-Water day, which is considered inauspicious.
“Thus the six syllables, om mani padme hum , mean that in dependence on the practice of a path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha”
The most common prayer flags are block printed with Buddhist imagery on a rectangle of loosely woven, brightly colored cotton, and strung together in groups of 10. They are always in the same five colors and hung in the same sequence.
To heighten the positive intentions and add greater meaning; you can say a prayer or perform an offering or ritual prior to placing your flags . Prayer flags may also be personalized. For example, write the names of family members on your flags to ask that they be blessed with good health.
The flags were originally used to protect Tibetans during the war times. It generally comes with a mantra written over it in English or Hindi along with Tibetan symbols. The mantra ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ is a Buddhist mantra which originated from Tibet.
They are made to be turned by hand, wind, water or fire power. When part of a temple, people will circle the building clockwise and turn the wheels as they walk. Thus they gain the benefit of circumambulating the sacred building as well as the prayers sent up by the prayer wheel .
Prayer flags come in five colours – blue for the sky, white for air/wind, red for fire, green for water and yellow for earth – and are traditionally woodblock-printed with images and texts. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to examine these in detail on your Everest Base Camp trek.
It is TRUE. In May 1953, the two first conquerors of Mount Everest ( Edmund Hillary from New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay from Nepal ) hoisted the flag of Great Britain at the top of the mountain because England had financed their expedition.
The international Buddhist flag consists of six vertical stripes. The first five stripes are blue , yellow , red, white, and orange . The final stripe contains all of those colors.