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Tibetan Prayer Flags
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Tibetan Prayer flags available in the traditional colors of yellow, white, red, blue, and green. Blue symbolizes sky and space, white symbolizes air and wind, red symbolizes fire, green symbolizes water, and yellow symbolizes earth. The balance of all the elements is said to bring about inward and outward harmony; and as the wind blows through them, the vibration of the prayers and spiritual intention behind them spreads to find fulfillment.


1. Wind Horse Prayer Flags - Their purpose is to raise the good fortune energy of the beings in the vicinity of the prayer flag. The wind horse, usually in pictorial form, always occupies the center of this flag. The outside corners of the flag is always guarded by the four great animals - the garuda, dragon, tiger and snow lion - either in pictorial form or in written word. The texts on the flags differ; usually a collection of various mantras or a short sutra. The Victory Banner Sutra (Gyaltsen Semo) is the most popular. Cotton, string of 10 flags. Each flag is approximately 7" (17.75 cm) wide x 5.75" (14.6 cm) tall, full string is 8 feet long.

2. Swift Accomplishment of Wishes - Consists of prayers to Guru Padma Sambhava for the swift accomplishment of wishes. The power of wishes fly on this flag. It helps in overcoming obstacles caused by malicious forces, diseases, enemies and disturbances. Cotton, string of 25 plus a blank bonus flag for your personal message. Each flag is 5.5" (13.9 cm) wide x 8.5" (21.5 cm) long, full string is 15 foot long.

3. Tara Dolma 21 long version - Tara the most beloved of all female goddesses in Tibetan Buddhism. Also known as the Mother of all Buddha's. The flag consists of the image of goddess Tara along with mantras. Raising this flag is believed to results in quick fulfillment of expectations and aspirations. Cotton, string of 25 plus a blank bonus flag for your personal message. Each flag is 5.5" (13.9 cm) wide x 8.5" (21.5 cm) long, full string is 15 foot long.

4. Tara (small) - Tara represents virtuous and enlightened action. It is said that her compassion for living beings is stronger than a mother’s love for her children. She also brings about longevity, protects earthly travel, and guards her followers on their spiritual journey to enlightenment. Cotton, string of 10 flags. Each flag is approximately 4.75" (12 cm) wide x 5" (12.7 cm) tall, full string is 5.5 feet long.

5. Medicine Buddha - These flags contain the central image of the Medicine Buddha surrounded by prayers and mantras for health and healing. This set is great for anyone focusing on healing in any area of their life. Cotton, string of 10. Each flag is 8" (20.3 cm) wide x 9.5" (24.2 cm) tall, full string is 8.3 feet long.



ABOUT PRAYER FLAGS
The prayer flag tradition has a long continuous history dating back to ancient Tibet, China, Persia and India. The meanings behind prayer flag texts and symbols, indeed behind the whole idea of prayer flags, are based on the most profound concepts of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy.

The ancient Buddhist prayers, mantras and powerful symbols displayed on Prayer Flags produce a spiritual vibration that is activated and carried by the wind across the countryside. All beings that are touched by the wind are uplifted and a little happier. The silent prayers are blessings spoken on the breath of nature. Just as a drop of water can permeate the ocean, prayers dissolved in the wind extend to fill all of space.

Placing prayer flags in and around one's home or business imparts a feeling of harmony, increases the spiritual atmosphere and brings to mind the teachings of enlightenment. By placing prayer flags outdoors their sacred mantras are imprinted on the wind, generating peace and good wishes.Ropes of prayer flags can be strung horizontally between two trees (the higher the better), between house columns or along the eaves of roofs.

When raising prayer flags proper intent is important. If they are put up with the attitude "I will benefit from doing this"- the benefits will be small and narrow. If the attitude is “May all beings everywhere receive benefit and find happiness,” the virtue generated by such motivation greatly increases the power of the prayers.

Tibetan tradition considers prayer flags to be holy. Because they contain sacred texts and symbols they should be treated respectfully. They should not be placed on the ground or put in the trash. When disposing of old prayer flags the traditional way is to burn them so that the smoke may carry their blessings to the heavens or bury them -- Flags normally have a life of 2-3 years, depending on their quality and where they are hung. One they succumb to the elements, you should burn or bury them, after replacing them with new flags.

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