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Tibetan Prayer Flags
Flags in Tibet are called Lung Ta (wind horse), which is both literal
of the image, and symbolic of the action of the flags. The idea is
that by hanging these flags in high places such as from the top of
stupas and across mountain paths, the Wind Horse will carry the
blessings depicted on the flags to all beings.
The central image
of the Wind Horse carries the 'Flaming Jewel' which is the wish
fulfilling jewel of enlightenment. The writing printed on the flags
include the mantras of Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche),
Chenrezig and Manjushri. The five colors of the flags represent the five
elements: blue for space, white for water, red for fire, green for
wind, and yellow for earth.
Prayer flags are not meant to last
forever. The fading and eventual disintegration of the flag is
considered to be a normal part of the life-cylce of a prayer flag, which
is also a metaphor for the greater cycle of life. Prayer flags are
replaced anually during Losar,
the Tibetan New Year. Because the symbols and mantras on prayer flags
are sacred, they should be treated with respect. They should not be
placed on the ground or used in clothing. Old prayer flags should be
In adition to Lungta Prayer Flags, we also carry White Tara, Padmasambhava, Medicine Buddha, and Peace Prayer flags.
Tara, known as Dolma or Drolma in Tibet, is said to have been born with
Green Tara out of the compassionate tears of Avalokiteshvara to aid him
in liberating all living beings from their misery. The
transformed Buddha of compassion, Tara represents the entire enlightened
activities of all Buddhas.
Padmasambhava, also know as Guru Rinpoche,
is credited for bringing Buddhism to Nepal. The Medicine Buddha' is, of
course, known for health and healing properties. Any and all of these
deities may be invoked when hanging Prayer Flags.