What could be more beautiful, more engaging, than colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind- sometimes waving gently, sometimes raging; a dance of shadow and light. Many ancient eastern religions use these flags, with prayers, mantras and powerful symbols displayed on them produce a spiritual vibration that is activated and carried by the wind across the countryside. It is said that 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.
The prayer flag tradition has a long continuous history dating back to ancient Tibet, China, Persia and India. The Tibetan word for prayer flag is Dar Cho. “Dar” means to increase life, fortune, health and wealth. “Cho” means all sentient beings. Prayer flags are simple devices that, coupled with the natural energy of the wind, quietly harmonize the environment, impartially increasing happiness and good fortune among all living beings.
This collection seeks to bring together these prayer flags from these religions, building one collection that all can access to learn more about the types of flag, the prayers, the mantras and the symbology that has carried down trough generations, keeping this tradition alive.
I hope you enjoy this collection as much as I have enjoyed building it.