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Prayer Flag Guide

Prayer Flag Guide

Let us learn a bit more about Prayer Flags:


As the name suggests, prayer flag means flag with prayers. Prayer flags are of two types:- Vertical ones and Horizontal one. Vertical ones are known as Darchor meaning Flagstaff and Horizontal ones are known as Lung Ta meaning Wind Horse. Vertical ones (Darchor) are rectangular cloth attached to the poles along their vertical lines whereas Horizontal ones (Lung Ta) are rectangular or square cloth connected along their top edges to a long thread. They are hung in a diagonal line between two objects.

Prayer flag comes in sets of five colors arranged from left to right representing five elements and five pure lights. The five colors are in a specific order- Blue, White, Red, Green and Yellow. Blue color symbolizes Sky, the White color symbolizes Air and Wind, Red color symbolizes Fire, Green color symbolizes Water and Yellow color symbolizes Earth. These five elements together help balance health and harmony.

The mantras, symbols and prayers in a traditional prayer flag surrounds the traditional belief of a horse which is fast as wind, carrying the three flaming jewels symbolizing Buddha, The Dharma and the Sangha which are three cornerstones of Tibetan tradition. Almost 400 mantras surround the Lung Ta, each dedicated to a particular deity. Mantras included are from three greatest Buddhist Bodhisattvas: Padmasambhava, Avalokitesvara and Manjushree. It’s common to add prayers of long life and good fortune for the one who hangs the prayer flags too.

The common misconception about prayer flags is that the prayers are carried to the gods. It is not true. It is believed that the prayers/mantras are carried by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all the pervading space benefiting everyone.

We would treat the prayer flag respectfully and it should be hanged on a particular time as well. The best time to put up a prayer flag is in the morning on windy days. It is believed that prayer flags become the permanent part of the universe as the images fade from exposure, just as life moves on and new life replaces old one, Tibetans renew their hopes for the world continually mounting new flags alongside old ones. The old prayers flag should be burned once it is taken off.



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Michael trombley - February 22, 2021

My wife has always loved hanging Prayer Flags. We have them in our front yard amongst a grove of trees, and flowers. My wife Kelley recently passed, and I thought to get some new prayer flags. The explanation of what they mean, and new life replaces old ones was very prophetic to me. My wife of twenty five years was not a religious person, but a very spiritual soul. I’ve learned through her how to best conduct my life. For me the prayer flags remind me of her spirit, and for that reason, I will always have them at my home. Thank you again. Michael Trombley – Rexford, NY USA

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