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wheels, though they do contain a thousand copies of the mantra of Chenrezig.
They also contain many copies of other mantras (Tara, Padmasambhava, Vajrasattva, Medicine Buddha, and others) and dharma teachings (Diamond Sutra, Heart Sutra, and others).
The idea is said to have originated as a play on the phrase "turn the wheel of the dharma," a classical metaphor for Buddha's teaching activity.
wheels, but small hand-held wheels, like the one shown here, are the most common by far.
In the words of one source "[Chenrezig] is the awakened nature of each being's own mind, the love and compassion primordially present in the dharmakaya [pure transcending awareness] ...
invokes the spiritual power and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion.Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of five days; when finished, the mandala is destroyed to symbolize the impermanence of all that exists.The colored sands will be swept up and half are shared with the students watching the ceremony and the other half are returned to the elements by pouring them into a nearby body of water where the waters carry the healing energies throughout the world."Just touching and turning a prayer wheel brings incredible purification and accumulates unbelievable merit." "One idea I have is to use them for healing.
Anyone with a disease such as AIDS or cancer, whether or not they have any understanding of Dharma, can use the prayer wheel for meditation and healing." Hand held wheels, the most common type, are made to be spun with one hand.
Typically, larger decorative versions of the syllables of the mantra are also carved on the outside cover of the wheel.