The Tibetan prayer wheel is a fascinating religious item. Tibetan Prayer Wheels (also called Mani Wheels by the Tibetans) are devices for spreading spiritual blessings and well beings. Rolls of thin paper, imprinted with many copies of the mantra OM MANI PADME HUM, printed in an ancient Indian script or in Tibetan script, are wound around an axle in a protective container, and spun round and round. It is an instrument that uses the power of the unspoken word to help Tibetan Buddhists attain the goals of enlightenment. Typically, larger decorative versions of the syllables of the mantra are also carved on the outside cover of the wheel. When it turns one round the mantra is read how much mantra has kept inside the wheel. It is a wonderful icon, and is used to this day by practioners of Tibet Buddhism Tibet.
The prayer wheel is a unique Tibetan Buddhist spiritual technology. There is a bundle of prayers sealed inside the copper orb, and it is thought that each revolution of the wheel activates, in a manner akin to actual recitation, the prayers rolled on the block print scroll inside. the wheel is crafted with the mantra OM MANI PADME HUM in brass on the outside of the wheel as well as on the scroll inside of course. The eight auspicious symbols are etched into the copper prayer wheel orb the bottom and the mantra is etched on the top. Tibetan prayer wheel is a common religious object in the culture. Prayer Wheels are used to spread spiritual blessings and prayer to the people that use them. Tibetans believe that the prayers ascend to the heavens in order to heal all The various writings are special prayers, or mantras that are "mechanically" recited many times over by the prayer wheel, that can also be edited vocally while turning the wheel in a clockwise motion.
The prayer wheels are turned clockwise for many different reasons. First, the syllables of the mantra can be properly read while it is being spun clockwise. Second, it is spun clockwise because this is the direction the sun follows. Finally, when spun clockwise, it matches the stupas, which are the sacred burial mounds. Interestingly enough, the pre - Buddhist tradition of Bon requires its followers to turn their prayer wheels counter - clockwise to match their own stupas direction.
Tibetan Buddhist believe that saying this mantra, out loud or silently to oneself, invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. Viewing a written copy of the mantra is said to have the same effect - and the mantra is carved into stones left in piles near paths where travelers will see them. Spinning the written form of the mantra around in a Mani wheel is also supposed to have the same effect; the more copies of the mantra, the more the benefit.
These prayer wheels may be small and carried by pilgrims, or larger and fixed to the gates or monasteries or around stupas and chortens. Each turn of the cylinder generates as much merit as the reading of the sutra or the formula enclosed therein. All these objects are also called chhos-hkor in Tibetan, "Wheel of the Law". Some prayer wheels are very large and, enclosed in small structures, turn under the action of a 'mill' driven by water.
TYPES OF PRAYER WHEEL:
Historically, there are four different types of Dharma Wheel: earth, fire, wind, and water. Each type is symbolic of a certain action. An earth wheel is turned by people and heals all those who touch or come near it. The heat of a candle or electric light turns a fire wheel and the light purifies the negative karma of the people it touches. The same holds true of the wind wheel, whatever the wind touches, it purifies. With the water wheel, the water that touches the wheel becomes blessed. This leads to the purification of all creatures that come in contact with the water.
USE OF TIBETAN PRAYER WHEEL:
Prayer Wheels are used to celebrate marriages, births, anniversaries, watershed birthdays, life - course changes, parks, libraries and ecological restoration sites to encourage community good will. Wheels are also used as funerary urns to hold sacred a beloved's ashes. Regardless of the use, people tell us the wheels bring them solace and encourage positive change. Many hope that they bring them peace, harmony, compassion, and healing with each revolution.
BENIFIT OF PRAYER WHEEL:
One of the benefits of the prayer wheel is that it embodies all the actions of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the 10 directions. To benefit sentient beings, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas manifest in the Prayer Wheel to purify all our negative karmas and obscurations, and to cause us to actualize the realizations of the path to enlightenment. All the beings (not only the human but also the insects), in the area where the Prayer Wheel is built are saved from rebirth in the lower realms; they receive a deva or human body, or are born in a pure land of Buddha. It is believed that the Prayer Wheel itself becomes a method to transfer your consciousness to a pure land. Simply thinking of prayer wheel helps a dying person to shoot the consciousness up the central channel and out through the crown to reincarnate in the pure land of Amitabha or the Compassion Buddha. Simply touching a prayer wheel brings great purification of negative karmas and obscurations. Turning a prayer wheel containing 100 million OM MANI PADME HUM mantras accumulates the same merit as having recited 100 million OM MANI PADME HUM The prayer wheel here at Land of Medicine Buddha contains 11.8 billion mantras, so turning it one time is the same as having recited that many mantras. In that few seconds, you perform so much powerful purification and accumulate; so much merit. Turning the prayer wheel once is the same as having done many years of retreat. This is explained as one of the benefits of prayer wheels.
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