Described as the primordial physician, or the Supreme Healer, the Medicine Buddha is the deity of compassion and healing who brings health and balance to our body and mind through the medicine of his enlightened wisdom.
The Medicine Buddha is the central image imprinted on this flag. Above his image is a 4-line verse of praise invoking his blessing. Surrounding the image is his unique mantra of supplication written in Tibetan script: Tayata Om Bekandzé Bekandzé Maha Bekandzé Radza Samudgaté Soha meaning: “Om, Healer (of suffering)! Healer (of suffering)! Mighty King of Healing, having gone beyond, I honor you!” This sacred mantra invokes the powerful healing blessings of the Medicine Buddha.
It is said that when the prayer flags flap in the wind, the spiritual powers of the sacred images and scriptures are carried by the wind to balance the elements, promote excellent physical and mental health, longevity, and the happiness of all sentient beings.
Generally speaking, Mondays and Fridays are the most effective days to hang your prayer flags. Ideally, the flags should be hung in the morning. When the flags are faded and ready to be replaced, customarily they are carefully taken down and burned or otherwise respectfully disposed of. For a joyful start to the New Year, Tibetan “Losar” (New Year) is considered the most auspicious time to replace faded or tattered prayer flags.