I always wondered what John Fogerty was singing about.
The prayer wheel is more of a cylinder but whatever, tomato, tomahto. Traditionally, the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is written in Sanskrit on the outside of the wheel. It is a model of efficiency since, according to Tibetan Buddhist tradition, spinning such a wheel will have much the same meritorious effect as orally reciting the prayers. Sure beats sitting in a dark temple and breathing incense all day.
A temple within the grounds of the Rinpung Dzong has one hundered prayer wheels embedded in its walls. The faithful will walk around the building turning each wheel. This brings blessings to the world and the individual.
Feb 11, 2013 10:35:06 pmby Chipka Online Now! Homepage »
I love the ideas embedded in that particular religion: it doesn't involve anyone getting nailed to anything either. The colors in this image are spectacular and the whole concept of prayer wheels is incredibly right...so much better than nailing someone onto two pieces of splintery wood. I love the angle of this shot and the wonderful, half-hidden (though fully-revealed) colors.
Feb 12, 2013 4:22:04 amby JuliSonne Homepage »
The prayer world is alien to me. I see in this picture of an old man who - even at an advanced age - physically upgraded. And that I find cool. My father, 85 years made every morning sports (10 min). Squats, stretching exercises, stretching exercises. I admired him for it. I myself am 2013, not even gone to the sport .... hectic, hectic *ash on my head*
Dec 28, 2013 3:05:51 amby anahata.c Homepage »
It's always been great to see the comments to your more religious images, because they bring out what people think of religion. Lol, Chip...it's hard to understand the blood expiation and warning against sin so promulgated by various Christianities, when seeing the inward and peaceful embrace of mantra, prayer, meditation, etc, of the east. (Of course there are many christians who see christianity differently. But I take Chips remarks positively.) Nice succinct description from you, setting the scene with just enough specifics. (Besides, your series fill in lots of details as we go along.) And the picture is kind of 'perfect' for the thing you talking about. I mean, he's engaged in meditational prayer, but he's just part of the longer wall, just part and no more, and he'd most likely be fine with that (that is, being 'part of' rather than 'lord' of). And I love his gate, his extended and slightly curved legs---maybe it's not easy for him to make this trip as it once was, as he shows grace and age at the same time. (As a 64 year old, I say "grace and age" with some familiarity. Only in my case, the "age" part is more predominant.) In your travels, you seem to get a sense of place and moment quickly, you get it, inside you, then you capture it in word and picture. This pic really does get the sense of a person quietly engulfed in the prayers he seeks, with the wall peacefully doing its thing behind him. A moment, gentle, and true to its subject...