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. Below his image written in Tibetan script is his dharani mantra invoking his blessing. Beneath that is a prayer of praise which is then translated into English.
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. Carried by the wind to create goodwill and positive energy to benefit those in the area. Hanging prayer flags is considered an act of merit that increases positive opportunities.
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.