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The Wheel of Compassion: A Tibetan Style Prayer Wheel

KhandroPrayer-Wheel-w-Patina-webThe Wheel of Compassion is an ancient technology that speaks a symbolic language of wisdom and compassion and the potential for peace and loving kindness to prevail in our world. The merits of this project are many, it’s cultural and spiritual meaning compliment its educational and artistic value. The Tibetan people, much like the Native Americans, take responsibility for the land and for all living creatures with which we share our world. They create rituals and symbols communicating with more subtle energies to awaken otherwise hidden potentials.

“The perpetuation of this traditional art, whose sole purpose is to spread peace and cultivate our aspiration for the ultimate happiness of all beings, is at the heart of my intention for this project,” says Sherab Khandro.

These sacred sculptures, alive with intention, have been a source of blessings for centuries. As the wheel turns, silent blessings of compassion are generated, a calming and healing influence spreading in the world. “The prayer wheel is about bringing peace and harmony in our global community,” said Tenzin Dhonden, the emissary of peace for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. “When we are turning the wheel, we are requesting more healing light to change the energy on the planet.”Connecting with the spiritual energy of the prayer wheel is connecting with unlimited enlightened compassion and awakening one’s own highest potential.

With the diaspora of the Tibetan people that began in 1959, many masters found themselves in exile here in America. A foundationally spiritual culture, they brought with them rich and ancient traditions. The practice of turning the Wheel of Compassion or Mani Wheel as they are sometimes called arrived in Tibet from India. They became a mainstay of the Tibetan landscape. They range in size from the very small hand-held variety to the quite large; many are very elaborately decorated and frequently displayed under beautiful cloth or wooden canopies. One of the holiest temples in Tibet, the ancient Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, is encircled by dozens of prayer wheels around its perimeter. Pilgrims to the temple rotate each Mani Wheel while circumambulating the temple in a clockwise direction. Historically, Mani Wheels have also been turned by wind, water or heat rising from a fire.

Prayer WheelThis very special Wheel of Compassion is a unique combination of ancient sacred tradition and modern technology. Using special equipment, the Mani Mantras are printed on microfilm and carefully wound around a central shaft called the “tree of life.”According to tradition, the more mantras that are wound inside a Prayer Wheel, the more beneficial it becomes. The technology of micro-printing allows millions of mantras in every Prayer Wheel.

You are invited to spin this Wheel of Compassion in a clockwise direction, visualizing pure white light rays being emanated out from the spinning wheels center. This pure light goes out to ourselves and all beings, purifying, healing, completely illuminating everyone, the light rays spread throughout the whole vast universe awakening us all to Love, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity.