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Tibetan Prayer Flags

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Mar 14, 2010 12:03 am

Greetings,

I've received some Tibetan prayer flags as a gift, and I was wondering if there are any protocols for hanging them up? Possibly there is some auspicious or inauspicious way to go about it? Where would be a suitable place to hang them? Traditionally they're hung up outdoors, yes? etc.

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Re: Tibetan Prayer Flags

Postby KeithBC » Sun Mar 14, 2010 4:41 am

Hi, Retro. Traditionally, they are hung outdoors, in a place where they are highly visible, and preferably where they will catch a lot of wind. The wind blows the prayers and blessings from the flags to sentient beings elsewhere, so the more wind, the better. That is why they are often seen at mountain passes in the Himalayas.

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Re: Tibetan Prayer Flags

Postby purple rose » Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:15 am

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

I've received some Tibetan prayer flags as a gift, and I was wondering if there are any protocols for hanging them up? Possibly there is some auspicious or inauspicious way to go about it? Where would be a suitable place to hang them? Traditionally they're hung up outdoors, yes? etc.

Metta,
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Hi Retro

Here is a link which you might find useful regarding when to hang Prayer Flags

Also, taken from wiki:-

Symbolism and Tradition

Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to 'gods,' a common misconception; rather, the Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading space. Therefore, prayer flags are thought to bring benefit to all.

By hanging flags in high places the "Wind Horse" will carry the blessings depicted on the flags to all beings. As wind passes over the surface of the flags which are sensitive to the slightest movement of the wind, the air is purified and sanctified by the Mantras.

The prayers of a flag become a permanent part of the universe as the images fade from exposure to the elements. Just as life moves on and is replaced by new life, Tibetans renew their hopes for the world by continually mounting new flags alongside the old. This act symbolizes a welcoming of life changes and an acknowledgment that all beings are part of a greater ongoing cycle.

Timing of Hanging and Taking Down

Some believe that if the flags are hung on inauspicious astrological dates, they may bring negative results for as long as they are flying.

The best times to put up new prayer flags are in the mornings on sunny, windy days.


regards,

rt

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Re: Tibetan Prayer Flags

Postby retrofuturist » Sun Mar 14, 2010 8:20 am

Thanks for the info!

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Re: Tibetan Prayer Flags

Postby catmoon » Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:16 pm

I would like to know a little more about prayer flags. How does the symbology work?
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Re: Tibetan Prayer Flags

Postby Indrajala » Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:34 am

Image

Here are mine. :smile:

All the passerbys get to see them.

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Re: Tibetan Prayer Flags

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:46 am

Greetings,

I'm a bit worried that hanging them up publicly in the area I live might be a bit of an invitation for people to vandalize the house or something... so I'll have to keep that in mind.

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Re: Tibetan Prayer Flags

Postby Indrajala » Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:52 am

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

I'm a bit worried that hanging them up publicly in the area I live might be a bit of an invitation for people to vandalize the house or something... so I'll have to keep that in mind.

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Re: Tibetan Prayer Flags

Postby catmoon » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:14 am

So you just put a prayer on a piece of cloth and fly it? Or is there more to it?
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Re: Tibetan Prayer Flags

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:21 am

Greetings,

I've managed to find somewhere for them that seems to have a moderate balance of:

- Traditional / intended location
- Not annoying the wife
- Somewhat visible to passers by (especially in Winter)
- ... but not enough to get the house targeted.

May there be auspiciousness!

Thanks again for the recommendations.

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