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Probably best to burn them, but I can't see any "real" problem with rehanging them.Kunzang wrote:A while back I took down some prayer flags hanging on the edge of my patio roof when I had to paint.
Is it okay to rehang them? They're still fairly new and not yet faded.
Adamantine wrote:It is fine to commission someone to hang flags for you: it is important they are consecrated by a qualified Lama with mantra, sometimes done during a sang ceremony, first however. Without consecration, it is believed the flags won't be potent. Ideally, if you commission someone they will also know some prayers to say on your behalf at the time the flags are raised and dedicate for your benefit specifically, (along with all sentient beings generally, of course.)
It is also the best to have them hung in sacred places where Buddhist saints have walked before.
And it is important to avoid hanging them on days that are astrologically determined to be bad days to hang flags: hanging them on these days can create obstacles rather than raise lungta. You can find out the contraindicated days through the Rigpa calendar or other Tibetan astrological calendars.
And lastly, it is important to hang them in the morning, when the sun is still rising in the sky, prior to the noon zenith.