Prayer Wheels

Tibetan Prayer Wheels. Tibetan Buddhism is rich with many different ways of practice. In Buddhist practice, the key factor is the mind, but body and speech can also be applied to strengthen our commitment. So, besides mind training, meditation, and yogic practice, there are also other ways like prostration, pilgrimage circumambulation (kora), mantra recitation and the turning of prayer-wheels to help generate the mind of enlightenment.

Prayer Wheels མ་ཎི་འཁོར་ལོ།

Rolls of text with the mantra, or sacred words, of the Buddha of compassion Avalokiteshvara and other sacred prayers, are coiled inside the wheel. A master then consecrates the wheel so that when it turns the blessings of compassion helps to bring peace and happiness to all the beings.

The Buddhist practitioner turns them while reciting the mantras, meditating on the deity of compassion, and feeling compassion for all the beings. It is recorded in certain Buddhist text that Lhamo Sengdongma, or the Lion-faced Dakini, gave this practice of turning prayer wheel to master Padmasambhava for the sake of the people in the degenerate age. He, in turn, brought it to Tibet in the eighth century and since then it has become a very popular practice especially for elderly Tibetans.

Prayer Wheels མ་ཎི་འཁོར་ལོ།

Prayer wheels are found all over Tibet and in areas influenced by Tibetan culture. There are many types of prayer wheels, but small hand-held wheels are the most common by far. Tibetan people carry them around for hours, and even on long pilgrimages, spinning them any time they have a hand free.

Larger wheels, which may be several yards (meters) high and one or two yards (meters) in diameter, can contain myriad copies of the mantra, and may also contain sacred texts, up to hundreds of volumes. They can be found mounted in rows next to pathways, to be spun by people entering a shrine, or along the route which people use as they walk slowly around and around a sacred site — a form of spiritual practice called circumambulation.

Stream spins prayer wheels are also placed where they can be spun by wind or by flowing water. Smaller mounted wheels can be spun by the heat rising from a flame of butter lamps, or placed on a table top to be spun by hand.

Tibetan Buddhist Mani wheels are always spun clockwise. It rotates the syllables of the mantra so that they would pass a viewer in the order that they would be read, it follows the direction of the sun, and it matches the clockwise circumambulation of stupas. Practitioners of Bon, the pre Buddhist spiritual tradition of Tibet, spin their prayer wheels counter-clockwise, the same direction they use in circumambulation.

If someone with AIDS, cancer or some other disease meditated like this and every day, for as many hours as possible, there would definitely be some effect. Quite a few people who have completely recovered from terminal cancer through meditation. Even though the person might not know about Dharma, about reincarnation or karma; because they want to have peace of mind now and a peaceful death; because they care about having a healthy body and a healthy mind, they should use this extremely powerful and meaningful method of healing.

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