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Please enjoy this short video of Land of Medicine Buddha’s Great Prayer Wheel being turned by many. This incredible prayer wheel contains over 170 billion mantras as well as many sets of texts.

 

The Great Prayer Wheel at Land of Medicine Buddha.

The Great Prayer Wheel at Land of Medicine Buddha.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche with the Vajrapani Institute family, November 2013.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche recently pledged, through the Prayer Wheel Fund, US$10,000 toward a giant prayer wheel which Vajrapani Institute, Boulder Creek, California, is building once funds are raised.

Vajrapani Institute is planning for the prayer wheel to house one trillion OM MANI PADME HUM mantras, the mantra of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has given extensive advice regarding the benefits of prayer wheels in relation to this powerful mantra.

From The Peerless Wish-Granting Jewel Tantra: “The person who turns this wheel which possesses OM MANI PADME HUM will be blessed by all the gurus, the deities will grant realizations, those gone to bliss will pay attention to him or her, and the Dharma protectors will eliminate all obstacles.

—- Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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Land of Medicine Buddha in Soquel California has finished three impressive prayer wheels. They contain: over 170 billion mantras as well as many sets of texts, 12 billion mantras, and 64 billion mantras respectively.

One of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s vast visions for FPMT is to build 100,000 prayer wheels around the world. The following advice was given by Rinpoche regarding this vision:

“[I would like] for the whole organization to build 100,000 prayer wheels in different parts of the world, a minimum height of six feet. Prayer wheels are a great blessing for each country….The idea is to get as many people involved as possible. If you are personally going to build a one-storey stupa, you can’t afford it. But if many people, help by offering $100, $10 or $20, then also you become part of the building. It is incredible. Even children can help, each child donate $1 or $5. This is a very good way of doing it. This way it benefits so many sentient beings, liberates and brings them to enlightenment, even including the insects and mosquitoes landing on the stupa or the worms on the ground, because the rain comes, touches the stupa and flows down on the ground and purifies the worms.”

You can read more of Rinpoche’s explanation of the benefits of making prayer wheels.

To date, approximately eleven prayer wheels have been build, only 99,989 to go!

You can learn more about Vajrapani Institute’s prayer wheel and donate directly to their project. As Rinpoche says, if many people get involved, this amazing prayer wheel can be actualized.

You are welcome to donate at any time to the Prayer Wheel Fund which contributes to Rinpoche’s wishes for large prayer wheels around the world.

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Prayer wheels are filled with mantras traditionally printed on strips of paper and tightly rolled around the core. These days mantras are reproduced onto microfilm; the more mantras, the more powerful. Prayer wheels can be small enough to be held in the hand, table-based or can be very large containing billions of mantras. The Prayer Wheel Fund is sponsoring the building of 100,000 prayer wheels around the world for peace.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche offering a prayer wheel to Richard Gere, Dharamsala, India, 1998.


These are some of the amazing benefits that Lama Zopa Rinpoche translated when giving his own prayer wheel to Richard Gere in 1998 in Dharamsala when he came for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Losar teaching:

The Limitless Light Buddha Amitabha said: “For the benefit of sentient beings of the degenerate age, I have explained the benefits of the mani wheel. The one who practices while turning equals the fortune of the thousand buddhas.”

The Founder Savior, the unequalled Shakya King, told the bodhisattva Dripa Namsil: “It is more beneficial to turn the Dharma wheel one time than [to be] a meditator of highest capacity who engages in one-year retreat on the essence meaning of mantra. It is more beneficial than [to be] a middle capacity meditator who does retreat for seven years or a lower capacity meditator who does a nine-year retreat.”

From The Peerless Wish-Granting Jewel Tantra: “The person who turns this wheel which possesses OM MANI PADME HUM will be blessed by all the gurus, the deities will grant realizations, those gone to bliss will pay attention to him or her, and the Dharma protectors will eliminate all obstacles.”  

From The Will of the Action of the Compassionate Eye Loving One: “Each time you turn this OM MANI PADME HUM Dharma wheel equals the number (of the mantra) of the approximation retreat.”

DSCN2694The benefits of establishing the Dharma wheel in earth, water, fire, and wind: “When you put this great wheel OM MANI PADME HUM up in the wind, all those sentient beings who are touched by the wind and all those migrators abiding in the direction of the wind will be liberated from the sufferings of the lower realms. When you place the Dharma wheel in the fire, any sentient being who smells the smoke and all those migrators who see the light of the fire will be liberated from the sufferings of the lower realms. If you place the Dharma wheel in the ground, all those migrator beings who receive the dust and the sentient beings abiding in that ground will be liberated from the sufferings of the lower realms. If you place the Dharma wheel in water, all those sentient beings abiding and drinking the water will be liberated from the sufferings of the lower realms.”

Therefore, the fortunate capable beings turn the great Dharma wheel upright: the highest intelligent person will achieve enlightenment and work for sentient beings; the middle capable being will achieve fortunate rebirth and join the holy Dharma; and the lowest capable being will achieve good rebirth, separate from the ten non-virtuous actions.

If you place the Dharma wheel at home and turn it, the migrator beings abiding in that house will be liberated, and the home will become similar to the Potala (Pure Land of Chenrezig). At the time of death, if you place the Dharma wheel with OM MANI PADME HUM next to your head and make requests with intense devotional mind, without need of practicing powa (transference of consciousness) your consciousness will be transferred in one instant to the heart of the Compassionate One. Therefore, without qualms of a two-pointed mind in this profound supreme Dharma wheel, one should cherish it, build the Dharma wheel with perseverance, and turn it with an intense wish.

From The Tantra of the Circle of Six Thousand: “Even for the person who turns this precious wheel, any sentient being who sees, hears, remembers, or touches him or her completes the merits, purifies defilements, and achieves enlightenment.”

Thus is explained by the Buddha. When death comes, place the Dharma wheel at your crown and you won’t need to practice powa. When you carry the Dharma wheel and meet other sentient beings, even those who have killed their father or mother will be liberated. Even the sentient beings who see the wheel on the bridge will be liberated.”

You can also read  “Benefits of Making Prayer Wheels” by Lama Zopa Rinpoche and FPMT Education Services has created a Prayer Wheel Resource page.

If you would like to contribute to the building of prayer wheels around the world, you can donate any amount to the Prayer Wheel Fund


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Prayer wheel at Land of Medicine Buddha, Soquel, CA.

One of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s vast visions for FPMT is to build 100,000 prayer wheels around the world. The following advice was given by Rinpoche regarding this vision:

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche does prostrations at Vulture’s Peak, the site of Buddha’s first teaching, India, February 2, 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

“[I would like] for the whole organization to build 100,000 prayer wheels in different parts of the world, a minimum height of six feet. Prayer wheels are a great blessing for each country.

“The prayer wheels should have a very beautiful painted roof, like a house or temple over the prayer wheel with Tibetan or Chinese art.  But not like Pizza Hut’s or Kentucky Fried Chicken’s roof and not like a jail.

“The reason why I’d like to build as many as possible is because in the texts it says: If you do prayers as a group, then it is a hundred times more powerful than doing it alone in the room.

“That is why I am suggesting that when we build a stupa etc, if as many people as possible can participate. This can mean by funding or giving time. People can do different ways, either with money or other ways.

“If we do it as the whole organization, as a project, then if everybody offers $10 or $5 pr even smaller thinking that you are contributing to building a stupa, then in this way it becomes everyone’s project. In this way the karma is very powerful if we do it with many people, all together.

“This is the same thing when building statues. If you do it like this it is amazing, it can be funded quite easily. The people think that this is also their project, and even if they only have $10 to offer, this way everybody gets benefit.

“It does not mean to build these in a time limit, I am just expressing here a general plan. There is no limit of time. I also don’t mean for the centers to do this, I don’t mean to be giving burden to the centers.

Roger commented that the cost of building 100,000 would cost about one billion dollars.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the prayer wheel at Root Institute, Bodhghaya, India.

“You shouldn’t think like that. There is no limit of time to build them. If you think of all the things that we have built and spent in the organization so far, if at the beginning you added it up, it would not have seemed possible. It doesn’t help to think like that. It is better to rejoice!

“A billion dollars is nothing when you compare to not being born in the lower realms, to have pure rebirth up to enlightenment. A million dollars, even a trillion dollars is nothing compared to the benefit. We are talking about liberation and enlightenment.  It has no meaning when compared to the benefits. Even temporary benefits of building a stupa.

“We need to have an organizer for each project. We should set this up before we put it in Mandala magazine, so it is more professional.

“The idea is to get as many people involved as possible. If you are personally going to build a one-storey stupa, you can’t afford it. But if many people, help by offering $100, $10 or $20, then also you become part of the building. It is incredible. Even children can help, each child donate $1 or $5. This is a very good way of doing it. This way it benefits so many sentient beings, liberates and brings them to enlightenment, even including the insects and mosquitoes landing on the stupa or the worms on the ground, because the rain comes, touches the stupa and flows down on the ground and purifies the worms.

“I would also like to build prayer wheels under the different oceans of the world, to bless all the sentient beings in the oceans.”

- Lama Zopa Rinpoche on his Vast Vision for FPMT, Kachoe Dechen Ling, Aptos, CA, March 2007

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 To date, approximately 12 large prayer wheels and many smaller prayer wheels have been built. Please rejoice!

 

 

Northern & Central America

  • Prayer wheel containing over 170 billion mantras as well as many sets of texts, Land of Medicine Buddha, CA, USA
  • Prayer wheel containing 12 billion mantras, designed by Jim McCann, Land of Medicine Buddha, CA, USA
  • Pagoda prayer wheel containing 64 billion mantras, designed by Jim McCann, Land of Medicine Buddha, CA, USA
  • Universal Peace Wheel, Elko, Nevada. 5 ft x 3.5 ft. This wheel houses billions of traditional mantras and thousands of handwritten peace statements
  • Prayer wheel at Vajrapani Institute, CA. In progress.

Europe

  •  5.56 ft x 9.94 ft prayer wheel containing 24,660,651,040 mantras on paper and more on microfilm, Maitreya Institute, The Netherlands
  • 8.2 ft x 6.5 prayer wheel containing millions of mani mantras, the other mantras advised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, as well as a set of the Kangyur and the collection of Lama Tsongkhapa’s writings, Kushi Ling Retreat Center, Italy.
  • 8 feet 2 inches x 3 feet 11 inches diameter containing 108 billion MANI mantras. Completion planned for September 2014. Institut Vajra Yogini, France.

Pacific Region

  • Prayer wheel at Dorje Chang Institute, New Zealand containing 111 billion OM MANI PADME HUM mantras, over 500 Buddhist texts (2 Kangyur, 1 Tengyur, 2 Je Sungbum and others), as well as 5 million other prayers and mantras including Guru Rinpoche prayer and mantra, Five Powerful Deities Purifying Mantras and Vajrasattva and Medicine Buddha mantras as advised by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
  • Prayer wheel at Chenrezig Institute, AUS

Asia

  • Gigantic prayer wheel, contains: kangyur, 1 set of Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings, Sutra of Long Life; Chenrezig longest mantra, Kurukulla mantra, Padmasambhava mantra; five powerful deity mantras; Root Institute, Bodghaya, India.
  • Prayer wheel, Lawudo Gompa, Nepal
  • Prayer wheel at Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Smaller Prayer Wheels inspired by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

  • 32 1 ft prayer wheels surrounding the Ksitigharba Statue at Land of Medicine Buddha, CA, USA.
  • 10 14 inch x 10 inch prayer wheels, Milarepa Center, VT, USA
  • 22 prayer wheels 2 ft x 1.5 ft, contain about 12.000.000 mantras in each wheel, Garden of Enlightenment, AUS
  • 10 prayer wheels, 10 more ordered from Nepal, 18 inches x 12 inches, Garden of Enlightenment, AUS
  • 200 prayer wheels, 2 ft x 1 ft, mounted directly onto the walls of The Great Stupa, AUS. In progress.
  • 7 prayer wheels, 2.1 ft x 1.9 ft, Hayagriva Buddhist Centre, AUS
  • 4 ft x 1 ft, filled with microfilm, Nagarjuna Valencia Center, Spain

Further Resources

How Can I Make a Donation?

To make a tax-deductible donation generally to the Prayer Wheel Fund

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Or simply send your check in US dollars payable to FPMT Inc. and write “Prayer Wheel Fund” on the memo line.

FPMT Inc.
1632 SE 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214-4702
USA

The Stupa Fund is a project of FPMT Inc. and is administered by FPMT International Office located in Portland, Oregon, United States. All donations made to this fund are tax-deductible within the United States in accordance with IRS Code article 501(c)(3) to the extent allowed by law.

For more information please contact: Holly Ansett, Charitable Projects Coordinator.

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DSC04173June 2012: Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma (Khadro-la) consecrated the finished prayer wheel at Land of Medicine Buddha, California. This is one of the prayer wheels to which the Prayer Wheel Fund has contributed.

 

 

 

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Top: The consecration of the Land of Medicine Buddha’s finished prayer wheel; Bottom left: Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Khadro-la bless the prayer wheel; Bottom right: Rinpoche make offerings to the finished prayer wheel.



 

 

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IMG 2441Lama Zopa Rinpoche looks up at the prayer wheel at Root Institute. The Prayer Wheel Fund has offered US$17,500 to prayer wheels at Root Institute, India; Land of Medicine Buddha, USA; and at Mahamudra Center, New Zealand.

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