Nov 10, 2009

Prayer Wheels

Hand made prayer wheels with reels of mantras from H.H. the Dalai Lama.

Prayer Wheel

For centuries prayer wheels have been used for praying, meditation, healing, purifying karma and protection from negativities. Some of the most advanced Buddhist Masters such as Padmasambhava, Marpa and Mahasiddhas such as Tilopa, Naropa and Nagarjuna used and distributed prayer wheels to benefit sentient beings and to protect the environment especially of sincere Dharma practitioners.

Turning a prayer wheel creates extensive benefits for all beings because prayer wheels are the manifestation of the Chenrezig, Buddha of Compassion, 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 and thus reaching enlightenment. By turning a prayer wheel with a motivation of compassion for all beings and reciting the mantra OM MANI PEME HUNG you will accumulate extensive merit and purify obstacles.

"One of the Benefits of the prayer wheel is that it embodies all the actions of the Buddhas and bodhisattvas of the ten directions. To benefit sentient beings, the Buddhas and bodhisattvas manifest in the prayer wheel to purify our negative karmas and obscurations, and to cause us to actualize the realizations of the path to enlightenment.
All beings (not only people but also insects) in the area where a prayer wheel is built are saved from rebirth in the lower realms: they receive a deva or human body, or are born in a pure land of Buddha.
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 phowa. Having the prayer wheel itself becomes a method to transfer your consciousness to a pure land. simply thinking of a prayer wheel helps a dying person to shoot the consciousness up the central channel and through the crown to reincarnate in the pure land of Amitabha or the Compassion Buddha.
Simply touching a prayer wheel containing 100 million Om Mani Padme Hung mantras accumulates the same merit as having recited 100 million Om Mani Padme Hungs. Turning the prayer wheel once is the same as having done many years of retreat.
There are earth, water, fire and wind prayer wheels. With the water prayer wheel, the water that touches the wheel becomes blessed. When the water goes into an ocean or lake, it carries the power to purify all the billions of animals and insects there. A fire prayer wheel is turned by the heat if either a candle or electric light. The light that comes from a prayer wheel then purifies the negative karmas of the living beings it touches. It is similar with a prayer wheel turned by wind. The wind that touches that prayer wheel is blessed by the power of the prayer wheel and then has the power to purify the negative karmas and obscurations of any being it touches."

Lama Zopa Rinpoche

“The person who turns this prayer wheel which possesses OM MANI PEME HUNG will be blessed by all the gurus, the deities will grant realizations, those gone to bliss will pay attention to him or her, and the Dharma protectors will eliminate all obstacles.”

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Apr 24, 2009

H.H. 17th Karmapa in Europe - 2009

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Trinlay Thaye Dorje will visit Europe in the summer 2009.

17th Karmapa will visit Europe in 2009
The schedule of the 17th Karmapa's visit to Europe.

Apr 9, 2009

Spring Sale At The Tibetan Incense Shop

Tibetan Incense Shop offers The Spring Sale - more than 20 kinds of incense, from all price categories, from the cheapest to the most expensive ones.

Simply jump to the Hot Sales section of the shop - and enjoy the variety of their items on sale.

Sample discounted incense:

See more samples here.

Feb 28, 2009

Buddhist Art Exhibition in San Francisco

A rare opportunity to view the Buddhist arts of the mystical kingdom of Bhutan – “The Last Shangri-La”.
At the Asian Art Museum through May 10th.

Located in the Himalayas to the east of Mount Everest and Nepal, Bhutan is unique as a sovereign nation that has maintained its culture, arts, and religious and political traditions intact. Bhutan is one of the few countries in Asia that was never colonized by its neighbors or Western powers. The exhibition provides an exceptionally rare opportunity to view some of the most sacred and beloved Buddhist arts of Bhutan. Many of the objects remain in ritual use in temples and monasteries and have never before been accessible to a Western audience. In an unprecedented effort, the exhibition also documents ritual Buddhist dance forms through video footage that will be shown on monitors situated in the galleries. The exhibition comprises more than 100 works of art dating from the eighth to the twentieth centuries, including thangkas (paintings on cloth), gilt bronze sculptures, and ritual objects. Bhutanese monks will remain in residence at the Asian Art Museum for the duration of the exhibition, performing daily ritual observances for the sacred artworks.

“The recent coronation of Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, Bhutan’s first democratic king, introduced many to this remote Himalayan nation steeped in tradition,” says Jay Xu, director of the Asian Art Museum. “The Asian Art Museum is pleased to bring to San Francisco the remarkable exhibition under royal patronage The Dragon’s Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan, which provides an unprecedented view of Bhutan’s spiritual and artistic traditions that are so inextricably woven into its culture. The unprecedented access granted to the organizers and the resulting exhibition are a gift from Bhutan to the world.”

The Dragon’s Gift offers a rare opportunity to introduce some of the most sacred Buddhist images of Bhutan to the wider international audience. From the wealth of material surveyed, the organizers of the exhibition have selected over one hundred objects of superior aesthetic achievement and deep religious significance, the vast majority of which have never before been seen in the West. Nearly all of the works of art presented in this book are from active temples and monasteries and remain in ritual use. Most of the items are either painted or textile thangkas, or gilt bronze sculptures, which date primarily from the 17th to 19th centuries–a golden age in the Buddhist arts of Bhutan.

“In the eyes of the Bhutanese, these objects are not ‘art’ in the conventional sense, but are sacred images, supporting Buddhist practices,” says Terese Tse Bartholomew, curator emeritus of Himalayan art at the Asian Art Museum and guest curator of The Dragon’s Gift. “The daily veneration of the objects by the monks who will remain in residence at the Asian Art Museum throughout the exhibition testifies to their spiritual significance. Even in the temples in Bhutan, these sacred works are rarely seen. Perhaps one object at a time might be brought out for ritual use. I cannot stress enough what a remarkable opportunity it is for Western audiences to see these works. The phrase ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ is overused, but in this case it most certainly applies.”

See the rest of the article at The Dragon’s Gift Tour: Now in San Francisco

The catalog of the exhibition The Dragon’s Gift: The Sacred Arts of Bhutan you can buy here:

Jan 20, 2009

Kalachakra Empowerment by Beru Kyense Rinpoche in Spain, May 2009

Karma Guen Buddhist Center is very happy to announce a great program for this years spring course. From end of May until June 7th we have the honor of welcoming H.H. 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Thaye Dorje, the 2nd Beru Kyense Rinpoche, the 4th Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche and Lama Ole Nydahl at Karma Guen together with many eminent friends from around the world.

17th Karmapa, Beru Khyentse Rinpoche and Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche
In Summer 2008 we had asked Gyalwa Karmpa for giving the Kalachakra empowerment at Karma Guen 2009. H.H. recommended us to contact Beru Kyense Rinpoche as he has a very good transmission of this empowerment. We are very happy that Beru Kyense Rinpoche accepted and agreed to give this empowerment. Since the Kalachakra Stupa was build in 1994, now 15 years ago, we find it a good way to celebrate that.

More info here: Kalachakra Empowerment by Beru Kyense Rinpoche