Prayer Flags

Prayer flags are found wherever Tibetan Buddhism is found. As they flutter in the breeze, they use this wind to send blessings out into the world. Through many parts of the Himalaya they adorn monasteries and humble homes, chortens and bamboo flagpoles. They are tied in their hundreds and thousands to bridges, above mountain peaks, and in the courtyards of every conceivable building.

Elsewhere, they are to be found wherever exiled Tibetans live, and wherever their school of Buddhism flourishes.

The makers of the flags intend the prayers and blessings that adorn them not for their own benefit, but for the benefit of all beings.

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Prayer flags in the Yumtang Valley, Sikkim, India.

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Prayer flags, Observatory Hill, Darjeeling, India.

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Prayer flags outside a monastery in Sikkim, India.

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Prayer flags adorn a pair of chortens and walls of prayer wheels in Khumjung, Nepal.

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Prayer flags at Tengboche, Nepal.

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And adorning a bridge of the Dudh Khosi, again in Nepal.

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39 thoughts on “Prayer Flags

  1. Its a wonderful tradition isn’t it? Slightly ethereal…. and mystical. I love it. Sadly I cant see the Brits taking up flags around the place, which is a shame. Still it makes for a pretty picture and a rather lovely story. thank you

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      1. They certainly are. I am really into the ” counting my blessing” stage now. It seems to be the smallest things which give me the biggest delight. Like walking to work each morning over our lovely footbridge which, so I understand, even has its own Twitter Account now. FFS!!

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  2. Prayers — “God, I offer myself to thee – to build with me and do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that victory over them may bear witness to those I would help of Thy Power, Thy Love and Thy Way of life. May I do Thy will always!”

    Great Spirit,
    whose voice I hear in the wind,
    whose breath gives life to the world,
    Hear me.
    I come to you as one of your many children,
    I am small & weak,
    I need your strength & wisdom.
    May I walk in beauty.
    And how my life is unmanageable.
    I need to learn & remember that
    I have an incurable illness & that
    bstinence is the only way to deal with it.

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  3. I remember those pray flags in the Yumthang Valley of Flowers, and I find them especially memorable now that I know I walked where you once did, a man I’ve never met in person, and yet our paths cross again and again. It’s kinda cool! And a great reminder of our connectivity as part of the human race.

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  4. I’m not a religious person, but I do like these. To me it’s kind of like nature – the spirit of the wind, if you will – blowing people’s wishes and taking them into consideration.

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