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. Prayer Flags are also known as Dharma Flags because they hold ritual essence in them. Prayer flags are cloth printed with formulas of mantra designed to benefit beings in different ways, such as removing obstacles, granting long life, giving good fortune, and so on. Mantras and prayers are hand printed on cloth in five colors. The colors represent the five Buddhas and five wisdoms. Sets of five color flags should be put in the order: yellow, green, red, white, blue (from left to right or from bottom to top.) Hung outside they send blessings to the environment. The wind carries the auspicious prayers in all directions contributing to world peace and healing. Prayer Flags are inscribed with auspicious symbols, invocations, prayers, and mantras. Prayer flags are said to bring happiness, long life and prosperity to the flag planter and those in the vicinity. Dharma prints bear traditional Buddhist symbols, protectors and enlightened beings. As the Buddhist spiritual approach is non theistic, the elements of Tantric iconography do not stand for external beings, but represent aspects of enlightened mind i.e. compassion, perfect action, fearlessness, etc. Displayed with respect, Dharma prints impart a feeling of harmony and bring to mind the precious teachings. All flags from Radiant Heart are hand printed on good quality 100% cotton fabric with nontoxic colorfast textile paints. The details in each design are quite precise and the colors are pure and bright. Dharma Flags may be placed either inside of a building to increase the spiritual atmosphere or outdoors where the wind can carry their prayers. Traditionally, they are fastened to eaves or sewn onto ropes to be displayed horizontally or they are fastened to wooden poles for vertical display.
The fluttering prayer flags can often be found along with piles of mani or mhane stones or rooftops, mountain passes, river crossings, and other sacred places. Prayer Flags are actually colorful cotton cloth squares in white, blue, yellow, green, and red.
The five different colors are said to represent the five elements, or the five different postures of Buddha: space (blue), water (white), fire (red), air (green) and earth (yellow). Woodblocks are sues to decorate the Prayer Flags with images, mantras, and prayers. Usually at the center of a prayer flag, there is an image of the Wind Horse which bears the Three Jewels of Buddhism. On the four corners of the flag, are images of Garuda, Dragon, Tiger, and Snow Lion whic are the four sacred animals representing the four virtues of wisdom, power, confidence, and fearless joy respectively. Sometimes auspicious Buddhist Symbols can be found on the deges. In the blank spaces between the images, prayers and mantras are printed. There are two kinds of prayer flags, the horizontal ones called Lungta in Tibetan and the vertical ones called Darchor. Horizontal Prayer Flags are squares connected at the top edges with a long thread. The less used vertical Prayer Flags are usually single squares or groups of squares sewn on poles which are planted in the ground or on rooftops. Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown heavenwards as offerings to their deities and will bring benefits to the one who hangs them, his neighbourhood, and all sentient beings, even flying birds. However, if the flags are hung on the wrong astrological dates, they will bring only negative results. And the longer it hangs, the greater the obstacles which will arise. Old Prayer Flags are replaced with new ones annually on Tibetan New Year.
USE OF PRAYER FLAGS:
Prayer Flags or Dharma Flags are inscribed with auspicious symbols, prayers, and mantras. Derived from Bon, Tibet's pre - Buddhist religion, Prayer Flags are seen whenever Tibetan Buddhism or Bon have spread. Traditionally, Prayer Flags are fastened to eaves, sewn onto ropes to be displayed horizontally, or fastened to wooden poles for vertical display. It is believed that these Flags are a means to create an auspicious environment and accumulate positive Karma by having blessed Prayers and Mantras blown from the top of houses, monasteries, or mountain passes.
Flags are flown by families from all economic backgrounds, and they are flown on such important occasions as the third day of the Tibetan new year, marriages, and official functions. Flags are flown on auspicious days such as Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and when the stars are in auspicious arrangements according to Tibetan almanac. Flags are also hoisted in the event of interferences, or illness, in order to avert further misfortunes. In some parts of Tibet, during the wedding ceremony, the guests gather on the roof of the grooms house and preform a ritual in which the bride touches the prayer flags. These flags are then hoisted on the building housing the protectors near the site for making incense offerings, and from that moment the bride becomes a member of her new family. After the first year of marriage the bride returns to her home and again preforms the same ceremony and in so doing she separates herself from her original family. Flags are used as protection against harm when traveling. Before passengers enter a boat to cross a river, they preform a ceremony in which flags are attached to the horse shaped figurehead at the bow of the boat. Prayers are said and incense and grain are offered to the gods. In this way they insure safe passage across the river. Originally, flag ceremonies were intended to provide benefit in this life, but as they gradually became more imbued with religious meaning, they came to be associated with benefit in future lives and the achievement of spiritual as opposed to material success. Although the actual ceremonies and rituals have changed very little, the significance or content of the rituals has gradually evolved a spiritual element through a mixture of Bon and Buddhist symbolism.
PRAYER FLAGS WE OFFER:
We offer wide range of Prayer Flags. Prayer Flags we offer are of fine quality at reasonable price. The Prayer Wheels are important in Buddhist. Normally the quality of Prayer Flags depends upon the printing (usually made of wood) block that prints the Prayar Flags, if the printing block has fine prints then it obviously gives Prayer Flag a clean and smooth print. So we use high quality of print block to print our Prayer Flags. All the printing blocks are tested in an extra piece of cloth or paper before printing our Prayer Flags. We also provide print blocks in any print to print Prayer Flags to our customers if needed. The other most important factor to make Prayer Flags is cotton and for that we use excellent qualilty 100% cotton fabric with nontoxic clolorfast textile paints. which are very light and silky even a soft gentle breeze can easily blow our Prayer Flags. Our Prayer Flags are available in almost every prints that is uses in Prayer Flags like; Wind Horse Print, White Tara Print, Green Tara Print, Padmasambhava Print, Sakyamuni Buddha Print and many more. All our Prayer Flags are selected and tested for a quality. Our Prayer Flags are shipped within 12 hours of order received through DHL and reached to the customer within 5 to 6 business days after it is shipped. We also have Tibetan Flags Wholesale Option. Please Contact Us for detail.