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 .
Hang your prayer flags during eclipses or a full/new moon. Days on which there is an eclipse, a full moon, or a new moon are considered auspicious. Solar eclipses multiply the benefits of prayer flags by 100 million and lunar eclipses multiply the benefits of the flags by 7 million.
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. In Bon, shamanistic Bonpo used primary-colored plain flags in Tibet .
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.
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.
Tibetan Buddhist Prayer Flag is inscribed with auspicious symbols, invocations, prayers , and mantras. The Mantra printed on the flags is Om Mani Padme Hum.
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.
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.
Old flags are replaced by new ones on the Tibetan New Year. Because of the sacred writings on the flags , they should not be used in clothing or thrown away. Old prayer flags should be burned in order to show traditional Tibetan respect and carry prayers to the heavens.
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.
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.
Om mani padme hum is an ancient Buddhist mantra. In English, this rhythmic chant literally translates to “Praise to the Jewel in the Lotus.” This might not make much sense to new yogis or even to well-practiced yogis, but the mantra’s essence is powerful and pure.
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 .
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 .