Prayer Flags Tibetan

Prayer Flags Tibetan

A prayer flag is a colourful panel of rectangular cloth, often found strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas, or from roofs. They are used to bless the surrounding countryside and for other purposes. Prayer flags are believed to have originated with Bon, which predated Buddhism in Tibet. In Bon, shamanistic Bonpo used primary-colored plain flags in healing ceremonies. They are unknown in other branches of Buddhism. Traditionally, they are woodblock-printed with texts and images.

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Lung Ta (horizontal) prayer flags are of square or rectangular shape, and are connected along their top edges to a long string or thread.

Traditionally, prayer flags come in sets of five, one in each of five colours. The five colours represent the elements and the Five Pure Lightsand are arranged from left to right in specific order: blue, white, red, green, and then yellow. Different elements are associated with different colours for specific traditions, purposes and sadhana. Blue symbolizes sky/space, green symbolizes air/wind, red symbolizes fire, white symbolizes water, and yellow symbolizes earth.

According to Traditional Tibetan medicine, health and harmony are produced through the balance of the five elements. Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to gods, a common misconception; rather, the Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading space. Therefore, prayer flags are thought to bring benefit to all.

By hanging flags in high places the Lung ta will carry the blessings depicted on the flags to all beings. As wind passes over the surface of the flags which are sensitive to the slightest movement of the wind, the air is purified and sanctified by the Mantras.

The prayers of a flag become a permanent part of the universe as the images fade from exposure to the elements. Just as life moves on and is replaced by new life, Tibetans renew their hopes for the world by continually mounting new flags alongside the old. This act symbolizes a welcoming of life's changes and an acknowledgment that all beings are part of a greater ongoing cycle.

Because the symbols and mantras on prayer flags are sacred, they should be treated with respect. They should not be placed on ground or used in clothing. Old prayer flags should be burned.

Tibetan prayerflags Green Tara
Tibetan prayer flags depicting Green Tara, and her mantra OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SOHA.Green Tara is one of the most famous female Buddhas and protects against fear.
Tibetan prayerflags Chenrezig
Tibetan prayer flags, depicting Buddha Chenrezig or Avalokiteshvari, the Buddha of Great Compassion. He is seen as the protector of Tibet and his mantra OM MANI PADME HUM is the most famous mantra worldwide.
Tibetan Prayer Flags The Four Friends
Tibetan Prayer Flags "The Four Friends" Tibetan prayer flags with depiction of The Four Friends: An elephant, a monkey,  a hare and a bird on each other's back under a fruit tree.
Tibetan Prayer Flags Peace
Tibetan Prayer Flags PeaceCord with five coloured prayer flags that together spell the word Peace.
Tibetan prayer flag with Eight Auspicious Signs
Tibetan prayer flag with Eight Auspicious Signs The Buddhist symbols, The Eight Auspicious Signs, are very meaningful religious symbols of Buddhism, revealing our progress along the Buddhist path to enlightenment.
Tibetan prayer flags 5 String 130 cm
In the colours of white, red, blue, yellow & green, packed by 5 flags per roll. In Tibetan Buddhism, these prayer flags are indispensable.
Tibetan prayer flags 5 String
In the colours of white, red, blue, yellow & green, packed by 5 flags per roll. In Tibetan Buddhism, these prayer flags are indispensable.
Prayer flags Buddha's
Including images and mantra's of: 2x Buddha Shakyamuni, Zambala, Chenrezig, White tara, Green tara, Amitayus, auspicious horse and 2x Padmasambhava.