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Prayer Wheels
Liberation through the blessings of the Mani Khorlo

It is our sincere belief that all dharma practitioners should have a genuine prayer wheel (Mani Khorlo) in their home or place of practice. Numerous great lineage masters have stressed the importance of the prayer wheel. Not only is it a wonderful means of accumulating merit, it will also bless one's home, and all those who enter it. Karma Pakshi, the second Gyalwa Karmapa, said that if you place a prayer wheel next to someone who is dying, the Phowa practice will not be needed at the time of death. It is believed the mind is automatically transferred to Dewachen, due to the innate blessing of the prayer wheel. Lama Zopa Rinpoche tells us: "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."

We are now offering the finest natural wood prayer wheels, finished to a standard that is way beyond what is currently available in the marketplace. Each piece is custom made and in our opinion, they are works of art in themselves. They are lovingly made by a husband and wife team from natural woods, and each mantra on the outside of the drum is applied by hand. The handheld wheels each take more than one week to complete. This includes several hours at the lathe, one week of staining and protecting the wood, adding the beautiful artwork and choosing the right counterweight to help the wheel rotate smoothly.

Above: The 'Om Mani Peme Hung' mantra in Tibetan script.

The drum contains an astonishing quantity of mantras on microfilm. Traditional wheels include mantras that have been wood block printed on paper and therefore the number of mantras inside are limted to thousands. Rolls of paper can often make a wheel bulky and heavy. Our hand held wheels contain up to 100 million mantras on microfilm, which greatly increases the merit of each rotation. They are lightweight and spin effortlessly due to the unique inclusion of the highest quality sealed bearings. Your wheel will never need oiling and the bearings will never get damaged. It also means your wheel runs in complete silence, with no distracting noise when you are in the midst of your meditation practice.

The microfilm in our 'mani wheels' contains the mantra of Chenrezig, which has been reproduced from the original mantra written by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.

A prayer wheel is an investment in your Dharma practice and these wheels will surely be cherished by those who have the good fortune to own one. Over the years the wood will mellow and develop its own unique usage patina. They are truly a very skillful way of accumulating merit in the often difficult times we live in.

The makers of our wheels have had the direct blessing of H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, Ven. Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche to undertake this work.

Prayer wheels can be viewed and ordered here.