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.
By hanging flags in high places the Lung ta will carry the blessings depicted on the flags to all beings. As wind passes over the surface of the flags , which are sensitive to the slightest movement of the wind, the air is purified and sanctified by the mantras. Old prayer flags should be burned.
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.
According to Buddhist legend, the first prayer flags were used by Gautama Buddha , on whose teachings Buddhism is founded. Devas, which in Buddhism are a type of god-like, non-human entity, would carry flags with Gautama Buddha’s prayers written on them into battle with asuras, which are a type of demi-god.
How to Make Prayer Flags Cut pieces of fabric to 5″ × 11″. Fold the top down on each piece of fabric and stitch in place to create a 3″ sleeve, making the flag surface 5″ × 8″. Paint, stitch, applique, or collage the flags . Add words, journaling, or symbols as desired.
“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”
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.
Yes. The Tibetan prayer flags carry symbols and mantras that are considered sacred. Taking it out of the sacred context and use it as an ‘exotic’ or decorative purpose is disrespectful to Tibetan culture : what is sacred in one culture is a plaything for you.
In the writings of Nichiren Daishonin he states that prayers by a practioner of the Lotus Sutra will always be answered . Yet in many of Daisaku Ikeda’s writing there are cautions that prayers are not always answered immediately and that prayers without action to achieve them will not be answered .
Tibetan Buddhist Prayer Flag is inscribed with auspicious symbols, invocations, prayers , and mantras. The Mantra printed on the flags is Om Mani Padme Hum.
The Tibetan flag , (Standard Tibetan : བོད་ཀྱི་རྒྱལ་དར།, lit. Banned by the Chinese government since 1959, the flag has not been in official use by any region in the world since 1951; however it is used by the Tibetan Government in Exile, based in Dharamshala, India.
How to Use a Prayer Wheel . The prayer wheel should be turned clockwise with a single-pointed concentration of body, speech, and mind. It is easy and fast to turn the prayer wheel and it does not require great physical strength or many repetitions.
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 .
Burn Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags to dispose of them. Do not let prayer flags touch the ground as they are burned. Remember the compassionate intentions for all beings with which the flags were made.
The central region of Tibet is an autonomous region within China, the Tibet Autonomous Region. The Tibet Autonomous Region is a province-level entity of the People’s Republic of China. It is governed by a People’s Government, led by a Chairman.