Friday, October 9, 2015

Tibetan Flags


TIBETAN PRAYER FLAGS
I love my Tibetan Prayer Flags! They are just like the ones I have seen in many Tibetan Market stores. They are authentic Tibetan Nepal flags. The flags are made a specific way by the Tibetan people. They make them out of lightly and loosely wove cotton.  The reason they are made this way is so that when they are hung in the wind, the wind will work on the flags, shaking the threads loose and spreading them about the courtyard or neighborhood or backyard to symbolize the spreading of prayer and blessings.  That is why they are not hemmed! The ink is usually light and is printed prayers and symbols and colors that represent different aspects of life for which we pray. The reason the ink is not dark, is also to facilitate the unraveling of the threads, the prayers, the blessings. If the ink were dark and thick, the flags would not be able to unravel and spread the spiritual blessings.

If you want to preserve your flags, you could hem them, or hang them inside where the breezes and drafts are not as strong.  The flags come rolled up. If you want them flat, the roll will fall out like wrinkles do, or you could iron them on low heat.  #PrayerFlags

The Sellers says:  
Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. Prayers and mantras are believed to be blown by the wind to spread the goodwill and compassion into all pervading space.
These days, enjoy these vibrant and colorful flags in your yard, patio, indoors, or anywhere you would like to enjoy these benefits.
The center of a prayer flag features a "Lung ta" (powerful or strong horse) bearing three flaming jewels (specifically ratna) on its back. The "Ta" is a symbol of speed and the transformation of bad fortune to good fortune. The three flaming jewels symbolize the Buddha, the Dharma (Buddhist teachings), and the Sangha (Buddhist community): the three cornerstones of Tibetan philosophical tradition.
Surrounding the Lung ta are various versions of approximately 400 traditional mantras, each dedicated to a particular deity. These writings include mantras from three of the great Buddhist Bodhisattvas: Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche), AvalokiteĊ›vara (Chenrezig, the bodhisattva of compassion, and the patron of the Tibetan people), and Manjusri.
In addition to mantras, prayers for a long life of good fortune are often included for the person who mounts the flags.
Images or the names of four powerful animals, also known as the Four Dignities, adorn each corner of a flag: the dragon, the garuda, the tiger, and the snowlion.
By hanging flags in high places the Lung ta will carry the blessings depicted on the flags to all beings.


For me, I will hang mine outside to spread the blessings and reorder when I need to. These flags are reasonable priced.

I received my flags at a reduced price in exchange for this honest review.  If you would like to spread blessings, you can get your own flags at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015G1SPVI
 

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