For centuries Tibetans have placed prayer flags around their homes, at sacred sites, near monasteries, and on mountain passes, as an offering to the enlightened ones and as prayer for the benefit of all beings. As these prayers are carried into the wind, the blessings of the Buddha's teachings are evoked, auspicious circumstance is created, and obstacles of all kinds are diverted.
The color of a prayer flag and the symbols printed on it create a prayer or offering that the wind distributes to the world each time it brushes against the flag. The Tibetan word for a horizontal prayer flag is Lung ta, which translates literally as "wind horse." The prayers of a flag become a permanent part of the universe as the images fade and the flags disintegrate from wind and sun. Just as life moves on and is replaced by new life, Tibetans renew their hopes for the world by continually mounting new flags alongside of the old.
Traditional Tibetan Prayer Flags
These cotton flags are hand made in Nepal by Tibetans and include both English and Tibetan translations in each flag. In addition, one extra flag is included so you may write your personal prayers, so each set becomes more dear to you and your loved ones, with your own wishes, messages and prayers. We offer the flags in sets of 10 (2 of each color), plus #11 - your blank flag to personalize.
Choose the right set for you by the descriptions below.
Om Mani Padme Hum
Great for your office, small altar spaces, entry doors or other places and spaces you can think. We have them everywhere, including on our Welcome Desk to greet visitors to the Labyrinth Park!
Ashtamangala Wall Hangings
This Satin cloth wall hanging features the ashtamangala design of eight auspicious symbols of the Buddha. Framed with gold and contrasting embroidery.
The Images include:
- The Lotus Flower, representing spiritual purity and compassion
- The Two Golden Fishes, representing spiritual release from the ocean of samsara.
- The Precious Parasol, the silk canopy that is held above the Budhas and gives protection from all evil influences.
- The Vase of Great Treasures, containing the spiritual jewels of enlightenment
- The White Conch Shell spirals to the right and is blown as a horn to announce the Buddha's enlightenment.
- The Knot of Eternity, also known as the Lucky Diagram and represents unending loving and harmony
- The Victory Banner that proclaims victory of the Buddhist teachings over ignorance.
- The Eight Spoked Golden Wheel, also known as the Wheel of Dharma and represents the Noble Eightfold Path of the Buddhadharma.
- The Eternal OM, symbol of unity and oneness.
Prayers are written on a scroll inside the wheel, then the wheel is spun in your hands to release the prayers. 7 & 1/2 " tall, complete with genuine prayer scroll inside top of wheel. A Great meditation tool for quieting and centering. You can also remove the original prayers and write your own, inserting them inside the top to release your desires to Spirit.