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Heartwood Prayer Wheels

Tibetan Buddhist Prayer Wheels

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"If you have a mani prayer wheel in your house, your house is the same as the Potala, the pure land of the Compassion Buddha." - Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Prayer Wheel Benefits

Turning a prayer wheel creates extensive benefits for all beings because prayer wheels are the manifestation of the Compassion Buddhas holy speech. As a holy object, a prayer wheel has tremendous power to eliminate the self-cherishing mind that keeps us from realizing perfect bodhichitta (compassion) and thus reaching enlightenment. By turning a prayer wheel with a motivation of compassion for all beings and reciting the mantra Om Mani Padme Hung, you will accumulate extensive merit and purify obstacles. For more information on the benefits of the prayer wheel, please refer to The Wheel of Great Compassion by Lorne Ladner, Wisdom Publications.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche Lama Zopa Rinpoche says that "One of the benefits of the prayer wheel is that it embodies all the actions of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the 10 directions. To benefit sentient beings, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas manifest in the prayer wheel to purify all our negative karma and obscurations, and to cause us to actualize the realizations of the path to enlightenment If you have a mani prayer wheel in your house, your house is the same as the Potala, the pure land of the Compassion Buddha. If you have a prayer wheel next to you when you die, you don't need powa to transfer your consciousness to a pure land. Simply touching a prayer wheel brings great purification of negative karmas and obscurations. Turning a prayer wheel containing 100 million om mani padme hum mantras accumulates the same merit as having recited 100 million om mani padme hum mantrasIn that few seconds, you perform so much powerful purification and accumulate so much merit. Turning the prayer wheel once is the same as having done many years of retreat. This is explained as one of the benefits of prayer wheels." From a talk given at Land of Medicine Buddha. Benefits of making prayer wheels Photo of Lama Zopa from

Meditation Practice The following information is excerpted from Lorne Ladners book Great Wheel of Compassion with his permission (Wisdom Publications). In the foreword of the book, the Venerable Lama Zopa Rinpoche offers the following advice on how to practice while turning your prayer wheel. Regarding the practice, it is very good while you are turning the prayer wheel every day to recite a set number of malas of the mantra "Om mani padme hung" (1) At the beginning, you generate the motivation of bodhichitta. When you turn the prayer wheel, recall: The purpose of my life is not just to offer happiness for myself and to solve all of my own problems; it is to free the numberless other sentient beings. The purpose of my life is to be useful and beneficial for other sentient beingsthat is, to free other sentient beings who are numberless. I will free each of them from all of their sufferings and lead them to happiness in this life, happiness in future lives, perfect rebirths, the ultimate happiness of liberation from samsara, then the peerless happiness of full enlightenment. When you think of freeing sentient beings, you must remember all the sufferings Therefore, you resolve to achieve full enlightenment and actualize bodhichitta, which is the door of the Mahayana path to enlightenment. What makes it possible for you to have bodhichitta is having the root: great compassion Now, to give you a general idea regarding visualizations, if you recite ten malas, begin by purifying yourself. Visualize light beams being emitted from the prayer wheel. One can think of the six individual colors related to the mantra Om mani padme hum or even just of white light. This light comes from the mantras, and it completely destroys all the negative karmas and obscurations collected from beginningless rebirths. All of these are completely absorbed into the prayer wheel in the form of darkness and destroyed. Repeat this visualization a number of times. Then do this for all other sentient beings as well. One can do this focusing on all other sentient beings simultaneously or one can focus on the individual realmsEither way, one visualizes all the obscurations, negative karmas, disturbing thoughts, diseases, and spirit harmsevery sufferingbeing absorbed into the prayer wheel, which immediately
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purifies all beingswherever they are, each beings mental continuum is completely purified right there. At the end, each beings body becomes nirmanakaya in the nature of light, and each beings mind, completely purified, becomes dharmakaya; they all become the fully enlightened Compassion Buddha. While reciting mantras and turning the prayer wheel, one can also meditate on lamrimthe stages of the pathespecially focusing on the techniques for generating bodhichitta. One can meditate on the seven instructions of cause and effect for generating bodhichitta or on the method of equalizing and exchanging self for others to generate bodhichitta. This makes ones life very rich. The prayer wheel can definitely be used for healing illnesses such as cancer and so forth. For this purpose, the practice should be done for at least one hour every day, or for a few hours along with mediation if possible. This brings extremely powerful healing. Even if the disease or the pain isnt eliminated immediately, this definitely purifies the underlying cause of samsaric suffering in the mindthe negative imprints. Remember that the disease is not the only suffering in samsara; this is just one small part of samsara. In the oceans of suffering in samsara, this is just one small part. So purifying the causes of suffering in the mind in this way means purifying the causes of all the sufferings of samsara. Healing this lifes sicknesses is just one tiny atom among the reasons for doing this practice, which are limitless like the sky. Not only do we heal the sickness; we also receive help in stopping all sufferings, in having quick realizations of the pay, and in achieving enlightenment quickly. Now for the dedication. Due to these meritsall the past, present, and future meritsespecially those arising from making prayer wheels, turning them, and making commentaries on the benefits available, as well as those arising from even seeing, remembering, or dreaming of prayer wheels or those benefits and instructions, may all those beings never be reborn in the lower realms from now on, and may all the disease, spirit harm negative karma, and obscurations be completely purified immediately. May all their wishes succeed immediately according to holy Dharma, may they achieve full enlightenment as soon as possible, and especially may they actualize bodhichitta as quickly as possible. May they each become a source of all sentient beings happiness, like the White Lotus of Great Compassion. (1) Mantras are strings of syllables empowered by enlightened beings to benefit others. The word mantra means mind protection. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has written, Thus the six syllables, om mani padme hum, mean that in dependence on the path which is an indivisible union of method and wisdom, you can transform your impure body, speech, and mind into the pure exalted body, speech, and mind of a Buddha.

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