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Wishes for Tibet 1

2010 Terra Foundation Residency for America Art Europe, Giverny, France
Photography by Emily Burns

The public is inviting to write wishes for Tibet. These will be inserted into a Prayer Wheel, sending positive thoughts for peace to spread throughout Tibet and seeking the return of human rights and civil liberties to these long-suffering peoples.
A prayer wheel is a cylindrical ‘wheel’ on a spindle made from metal, wood, stone, leather, or even coarse cotton. Traditionally, the mantra OM MANI PADME HUM is written in Sanskrit externally on the wheel. According to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition based on the lineage texts regarding prayer wheels, spinning such a wheel will have much the same meritorious effect as orally reciting the prayers.
We chant the mantra OM MANI PADME HUM during the spinning of the Prayer Wheel. So, in this way, recitation of the mantra helps achieve enlightened, compassion and love from generosity to wisdom.