Guru Rinpoché, also known as Padmasambhava, is the Indian spiritual master who first brought Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th century. Embodying the union of wisdom and compassion and widely regarded as the Second Buddha, his sacred mantra invokes the blessings of liberation and enlightenment. Here, his image appears at the centre of the prayer flag surrounded, in Tibetan script, by Tibet’s most fervent supplication to him, ‘The Seven-Line Prayer to Guru Rinpoché’ and a recurring motif of his mantra: OM AH HUM Vajra Guru Padmé Siddhi Hum.
It is said that when these 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 promote the happiness, liberation, and enlightenment of all sentient beings. 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 cotton flags. Each flag measures ~7x9cm. Complete length is 77cm.