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Tibetan Prayer Wheel Prayer Box

Tibetan Buddhist prayer wheels come in many sizes and styles. The wheel is essentially a cylinder that turns on a center axis. A mantra is written on a scroll and placed in the wheel. The mantra used is "Om Mani Padme Hum," which translates as "Hail to the Jewel in the Lotus." 

This mantra and other sacred symbols are typically found on the exterior of the prayer wheel. Most of the prayer wheels we have seen are perhaps 12 inches long, but many larger and smaller prayer wheels are also available. The mantra is positioned so that it can be read through an opening on the cylinder when the wheel is spun clockwise. 

Buddhists from the Tibetan Buddhism tradition believe that reciting this mantra out loud or to oneself will bring upon them the kind blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion.

The Prayer Wheel pendant is essentially a miniaturized version of the prayer wheel. It provides a container for the mantra and can spin on a central rod, much like a full-sized prayer wheel.

 


Prayer Box With Turquoise

 


On Prayer

"One single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer."

G. E. Lessing
German Dramatist
(1729 - 1781)

 

"Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action."

"Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart."

Mahatma Gandhi
Indian Philosopher
(1869-1948)

"Prayer is an important practice that serves to internalize the ideals of the Buddhist path."

G. R. Lewis
Buddhist Faith
Fellowship Founder

 

"Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God's gift of himself. "

Mother Teresa
(1910 - 1997)

"To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing."

Rev. Martin Luther King
Minister and Civil Rights Leader
(1929 - 1968)

"No prayer is complete without presence." 


Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi
Persian Sufi Mystic 
  (1207-1273) 

"In prayer, it is better to have heart without words, than words without heart."

John Bunyan
Puritan Minister and Writer
(1628-1688)

"Our prayers must mean something to us if they are to mean anything to God."

Maltbie Davenport Babcock
Presbyterian Minister and Poet
1858-1901