Prayer Wheel Craft : Ancient Water Wheels.
Prayer Wheel Craft
- A revolving cylinder inscribed with or containing prayers, a revolution of which symbolizes the repetition of a prayer, used by Tibetan Buddhists
- a cylinder with prayers written on it; each revolution counts as uttering the prayers; used especially by Buddhists in Tibet
- A prayer wheel is a cylindrical 'wheel' (Tibetan: 'khor) on a spindle made from metal, wood, stone, leather, or even coarse cotton. Traditionally, the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is written in Sanskrit externally on the wheel.
- (Tibetan) Wheel or cylinder with written prayers on or in it.
- trade: the skilled practice of a practical occupation; "he learned his trade as an apprentice"
- a vehicle designed for navigation in or on water or air or through outer space
- Exercise skill in making (something)
- make by hand and with much skill; "The artisan crafted a complicated tool"
prayer wheel craft - Create Your
Create Your Own Sand Mandala: For Meditation, Healing, and Prayer [With Book and Sand, Funnel, Brush, Paper Templates]
Mandalas are sacred symbolic images traditionally used as meditational aids in Buddhism and Hinduism. The Create Your Own Sand Mandala kit provides everyone from the beginner to the professional artist with the materials and know-how to create beautiful mandalas to aid meditation, relaxation, and personal growth and to use in prayers and healing rituals. Once they’ve been made, sand mandalas are scattered, symbolizing life’s impermanence. Many people find the dismantling and scattering ceremony very moving.
The kit includes five bags of colored sand, a funnel and brush, paper templates, and a base for constructing sand mandalas. The accompanying full-color book gives all the background history and spiritual aid the reader needs. This step-by-step guide to creating sand mandalas, from preparatory meditation to scattering, is based on traditional methods used in Tibetan Buddhism and other cultures.
Create Your Own Sand Mandala provides a wealth of history, tradition, spirituality, and art, while reminding us that life is as beautiful and transitory as a sand mandala.
• A unique interactive kit that shows you how to make your own personal "mandala" sand paintings.
Songzanlin Lamasery ????
Songzanlin is the largest Tibetan Buddhism monastery in Yunnan Province. Covering an area of 30 hectares, it looks like a mini Kumbum (Ta Er) Monastery. It is located on a mountain slope 5km from the county town of Shangri-La. Since the 5th Dalai Lama chose the site through divination in 1679, the monastery has grown into the most important community of its kind in Yunnan. Naturally, throughout its history spanning 325 years there have been ups and downs – the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), for instance, saw the lamasery almost completely destroyed - but the strong faith of the people in Shangri-La has always prevailed, and today Songzanlin once again houses more than 700 monks and lamas. Built in the style of Potala Palace in Lhasa, the magnificent monastery complex resides on top of a hill and consists of the two Zhacang and Jikang lamaseries - which take on the form of five-story Tibetan watchtowers - five gates, numerous sub-lamaseries and hundreds of rooms for the monks. Walking up the 146 steps that lead to the main prayer hall is a tiring exercise at 3,300m above sea level, but it allows you to trace mentally the pilgrimage route that generations of devout Buddhists living on the plateau take on their knees and foreheads every year. On the way, you will come across study rooms where young monks who typically enter the monk hood at the age of 5 are trained in the scriptures and foundations of monastic life. Time will be spent on the Buddhist canons, yet crafts, astrology and medicine are also on the curriculum. In addition, the boys retreat for hours each day to reflect and meditate on the meaning and implications of Buddhist philosophy. The main scripture hall in the center of the compound is the highlight of the visit, especially during prayer time in the morning or during auspicious festivals when devotees come to take part in the festivities. The hall itself can accommodate some 1,600 lamas sitting in meditation or chanting Buddhist scriptures and features 108 imposing pillars. As Sonzanlin is affiliated with the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism, which is the order of both the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama, references to the sect's history and philosophy are found throughout the lamasery. Amongst the monastery many treasures are rare Buddhist scriptures written on palm leaves, which have been used by previous Dalai and Panchen Lamas, as well as the eight famous gold-covered sculptures of Sakyamuni, the Indian prince who in the 5th century BC founded Buddhism and is popularly known as the 'Sage of the Shakya Clan'. Colorful murals painted by renowned lamas show guardian deities, scenes from the Lord Buddha's life and the 'wheel of life' that (held by the demon of impermanence) depicts the six realms of existence: heaven, demigods, humankind, hell, hungry ghosts and animals. The hub in the wheel's center symbolizes ignorance, hatred and greed, the three poisons of life.
Bendicion Para un Mojado or Blessing for a Wetback 2009
Bendicion Para un Mojado or Blessing for a Wetback 2009 by Viviana (Viva) Paredes "This wall sculpture meant to give blessings to the immigrant traveler and to honor the many lives lost crossing borders in the quest for survival. The concept is influenced by the practice of the Tibetan prayer wheel but instead of Buddhist sacred text, the cylinders are etched with the ubiquitous freeway sign of a family running. The vessels are filled with medicinal herbs which are meant to address some of the many issues they face on their journey. Flor de Tila for heart ache, Arnica to comfort their physical pains, Cempasuchil to address their susto or fear, Flor de Jamaica for their change in diet and a mixture of Laurel leaves, Rosemary and Chili to help ward off Mal Ojo or evil eye from those trying to stop them from entering." From Ofrendas para los Muertos-from Oakland, with love Curated by Rachel-Anne Palacios
prayer wheel craft
From the spiritual world of Tibet, comes this fascinating hand crafted prayer wheel. The wheel or cylinder is mounted on an axle so that it could be spun by those seeking the aura of compassion that would be generated by its energy. This prayer wheel self stands on a table top or can be hung on a wall. Inside the drum is a lengthy paper scroll printed thousands of times with the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum, or Hail to the Jewel in the Lotus. It is believed that spinning the wheel will have much the same meritorious effect as orally reciting the prayers, they were first invented because many in Tibet could not read, and this was a way to get their prayers out even though they could not read them out. It is said that for every rotation of the wheel you can chant the Mantra Om Mani Padme Hum. This prayer wheel is hand made in Nepal.