The Wheel of Dharma

The Wheel of Dharma


This is a close-up of a Tibetan prayer wheel made of metal and wood which is in Sheh palace, in Ladakh.
Here in the Himalayan hills, people believe that according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, spinning such a wheel will have much the same meritorious effect as orally reciting the prayers.

The most commonly used mantra in prayer wheels is Om Mani Padme Hum.
This mantra is the resonant vibration that helps tune a human being toward enlightenment energies.

The earliest recorded prayer wheels was written by a Chinese pilgrim around 400 CE. in Ladakh.
The concept of the prayer wheel is a physical manifestation of the phrase “turning the wheel of Dharma,” which describes the way in which the Buddha taught.

4 Responses to “The Wheel of Dharma”

  1. ‘om’ indeed–I post a poem referencing a singing bowl and you post about prayer wheels—an example of the interconnectedness of all thins??

  2. one point prayer wheels where teaching me, maybe just as much mala´s;
    doing it, is more real than talking about it…
    thank U & best regards

  3. oh spot on that about ‘doing it’ –one thing to engage in practice in isolation–quite another to actively practice–like the monks in Burma..
    shanti… good journney

  4. designldg Says:

    Thank you everyone for all your kind comments on this one.
    And as Whitebuffalo says, “Om Shanti Om”…

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