Known as Avalokiteshvara in Sanskrit, Chenrézig is the ‘bodhisattva of infinite compassion’ and the most outstanding of all Tibetan Buddhist deities. White in colour and with four arms, he holds a wishfulfilling jewel at his heart, a rosary in his second right hand, and the stem of a lotus flower in his second left. Below his image, his six-syllable mantra, Om Ma Ni Pad Mé Hum, is inscribed in Tibetan script followed by a well-known Tibetan Buddhist prayer: “Through this merit, having swiftly accomplished the form of Chenrezig, may I establish all beings, without exception, in that very same state.”
It is said that when prayer flags flap in the wind, the spiritual powers of the sacred images and scriptures are carried by the wind to balance the elements, and engender enrichment and supportive opportunities. Hanging prayer flags is considered an act of merit that increases positive opportunities.
Each of the five alternating colours of the flags represent a primary element: sky (blue), air (white), fire (red), water (green), and earth (yellow). Together in the right order, a balance of these elements is achieved.
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.
Set of 10 white flags. Each flag measures 20x20cm. Complete length, including string is ~2.6 metres.