Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to gods, which is a common misconception; rather, the Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading space.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this text the mantra is seen as condensed form of all the Buddhist teachings. The first word Aum /Om is a sacred syllable in various Indian religions. The word Mani means “jewel” or “bead”, Padme is the “lotus flower” (the Eastern sacred flower), and Hum represents the spirit of enlightenment.
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 .
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. Monks gather in Tibet .
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.
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.