The Power of Prayer Flags
A prayer flag is a colorful rectangular cloth, often found strung along mountain ridges and peaks high in the Himalayas. They are used to bless the surrounding countryside and for other purposes. Prayer flags are believed to have originated with Bon, which predated Buddhism in Tibet. In Bon, shamanistic Bonpo used primary-colored plain flags in healing ceremonies in Nepal. Traditional prayer flags include woodblock-printed text and images.
Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to gods, which is a common misconception; rather, the Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading space. Therefore, prayer flags are thought to bring benefit to all. By hanging flags in high places the Lung ta, the Windhorse, will carry the blessings depicted on the flags to all beings. As wind passes over the surface of the flags, which are sensitive to the slightest movement of the wind, the air is purified and sanctified by the mantras. The prayers of a flag become a permanent part of the universe as the images fade from exposure to the elements. Just as life moves on and is replaced by new life, Tibetans renew their hopes for the world by continually mounting new flags alongside the old. This act symbolizes a welcoming of life’s changes and an acknowledgment that all beings are part of a greater ongoing cycle.
Because the symbols and mantras on prayer flags are sacred, they should be treated with respect. They should not be placed on the ground or used on clothing. Old prayer flags should be burned. Old prayer flags are replaced with new ones annually.
Some believe that if the flags are hung on inauspicious astrological dates, they may bring negative results for as long as they are flying. The best time to put up new prayer flags is in the morning on sunny, windy days.
In Feng Shui, we use prayer flags to promote good fortune and to ward off danger. The 5 colors represents the 5 elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Metal and Wood). Hanging assorted prayer flags at home will invite in much auspicious energy.
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Don’t forget to update the monthly flying stars.
August 2014 Flying Star Chart
|NW: 5 Yearly / 3 Monthly
||N: 9 Yearly / 7 Monthly
||NE: 7 Yearly / 5 Monthly
|W: 6 Yearly / 4 Monthly
||C: 4 Yearly / 2 Monthly
||E: 2 Yearly / 9 Monthly
|SW: 1 Yearly / 8 Monthly
||S: 8 Yearly / 6 Monthly
||SE: 3 Yearly / 1 Monthly
Southwest: Sheep and Monkey have great career potential. There’s a high probability of a raise and work recognition. Enhance with a running Water Feature and hang Wind Horse Prayer Flags, in the Southwest, to brings success and wealth. However, carry a Cicada Amulet or wear the Fabulous Bird DZI Bracelet to protect against jealous co-workers.
Center: Protect against low energy and illness with a Golden Wu Lou with Longevity God. Try to keep stress out of your relationship with a pair of Lovebirds in the Center. Everyone should carry the Medicine Buddha Card or wear the Medicine Buddha DZI Bracelet to protect their health.
West: There is great potential for love for the single Rooster. Be sociable, go out, meet new people and wear the 2 Eye Dzi Bracelet. Enhance the West with a pair of Rose Quartz Mandarin Ducks. For those in school, ensure for high grades with the the Crystal Point with Wisdom Mantra on their study desk.
South: The Horse have good investment luck this month. Display the Gesar of Ling plaque in the South sector. For those in high risk positions, wear the Mantra Ring with the Mantra of King Gesar and Guru Rinpoche to ensure Heaven’s blessings of victory and success.
North: Those with North facing homes or entries or those born under the Rat zodiac sign should be wary of strangers. There is high risk of accident, robbery and loss of money. Make sure to place a pair of Blue Rhino in the North facing the entry. Try to exhaust the metal energy of the #7 Star with a water feature or the Rhino and Elephant Yin Water Cups. It is a good idea to carry the Blue Rhino amulet at all time and put a pack of 6 Peacock Feathers in the glove compartment of the car to protect against accidents. Avoid extreme sports and avoid late night outings.
East: Those residing in the East room, those with East facing homes/entries or those born under the Rabbit zodiac sign will be prone to illness this month. It does not help that the #9 Multiplying Star resides in the same sector as the yearly #2 Illness Star making the illness energy that is already there much stronger. If you have elderly parents at home, try to have them avoid the East sector. Make sure to display the White Tara Longevity Vase or a metal Wu Lou next to the bed and carry the Health Amulet at all time. Hang the Medicine Buddha Prayer Flags or invite in the Medicine Buddha to the East sector to protect against sickness and for healing energy. It is an excellent idea to play the Medicine Buddha Mantra CD in the east room this month.
Southeast: Career luck is good for the Dragon and Snake zodiacs. Make sure that you have the support of your supervisor by carrying the Heaven Luck Activator Key Chain. Make sure that there is no potential for misunderstanding by displaying 6 Smooth Crystal Balls on your work desk and invite the Earth Buddha into the Southeast.
Northwest: The Dog and the Boar zodiac signs should be careful of obstacles that can come from misunderstandings. Invite the Earth Buddha into the Northwest along with the Kalachakara Stupa. These are extremely powerful cures and very important for the Patriarch of the household or business to protect against obstacles that can come from misunderstandings. It is ideal to also carry the Ksitigarbha Card for extra protection.
Northeast: The Tiger and Ox zodiac signs should carry the 5 Yellow Key Chain at all time to protect against obstacles. If your house is Northeast facing or if your front door is located in this sector, make sure to hang the Kalachakra Door Plaque and display a pair of Rhino facing the door. If you drive a lot, hang the Blue Rhino in your car to protect against accidents and car theft.
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The Hungry Ghost Festival (盂蘭節)
The Hungry Ghost festival will be starting on the 14th night of the 7th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, which is August 9, 2014. The above day is mostly applied to Chinese people from southern part of China but people from other parts will have the Hungry Ghost night on August 10, 2014. The seventh month (Chinese Lunar calendar) of each year in Asia especially in China, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong is known as the Hungry Ghost month, which will start July 27 until August 24, 2014.
It is believe that during this time of the year the gates of the underworld are opened, allowing ghosts to roam the earth. Some ghosts are the forgotten souls who are held in limbo in the underworld, so they are continually in a state of unrest. Some are the ghosts and spirits of deceased ancestors. The ghosts will come out from the lower realm (地獄) from the Northeast of the planet. During this month, in Chinese culture, the living descendants will offer incense, burn items made from paper mache such as: clothes, “gold bar”, appliances; and offer food to the deceased ancestors.
Traditional Chinese opera will perform at midnight during this month in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The front row will be kept empty for the spirits. Buddhists will perform rituals to transmute and absolve the sufferings of the deceased.
Incense should be offer to the spirits nightly from August 9, 2014 until August 15, 2014. The Incense Offering Ritual is a very POWERFUL way to remove obstacles caused by wandering and local spirits of the land. You can light incense at the front or back of the house after dusk. Light up sweet smelling incense like kemenyen incense or burn sandalwood incense cups filled with Spirit Incense Powder, Protector Incense Powder, Purifying Incense Powder, or Medicine or Green Tara Incense Powder. When offering incense to your local landlord and spirits, please recite the following mantra:
“NAMAH SARVA TATHAGATHA AVALOKITE OM SAMBHARA SAMBHARA HUNG.”
In the United States, the Land of Medicine Buddha, in California, will host the Ksitigarbha Festival on the last day of the Hungry Ghost month – August 24, 2014. The Ksitigarbha cares for beings that have been reborn in the unfavorable states of rebirths. The Ksitigarbha made a sacred commitment to help beings out of suffering, vowing:
“Until the hells are empty, I vow not to become a Buddha. Only after all living beings are saved, will I myself attain Bodhi.”
If possible, you should invite the Ksitigarbha, also known as the Earth Buddha, to your home, to protect from natural disasters. Below is also an excellent mantra to recite when you are in a situation of natural disasters such as earthquake or if someone passes away.
“OM AH KSHITI GARBHA THALENG HUM.”
In addition to incense rituals, it is a good idea to beef up your “feng shui security” by strengthening the protective energy of the home as a precaution against any malefic wandering spirits or spirits who have ill intentions. This can be done by placing the right guardian images or specific mantra plaques like the Universal Tortoise Mantra plaque in the four cardinal directions and near your entrance areas. If possible, always wear some kind of cosmic protection on your body like protective medallion, the Gesar of Ling Mantra Ring or the Purification Ring. Make sure that these mantras touches your body, as this is what ensures your body does not get hurt.
1. Chung Kwei is the famous Chinese “ghost catcher” and it is believed that his image will chase all wandering spirits away; thus invite Chung Kwei into your homes as he personifies powerful protection against evil and disturbing ghostly influences. He can also be carry as an amulet especially by those who goes out at night.
2. Hang the Long Mantra of Avalokiteshvara Plaque at the entry. Avalokiteshvara (Kuan Yin) is the Bodhisattba of Infinite Compassion. This plaque is incredible powerful for disarming strong hostile energy.
3. The Wish Fulfilling Kalachakra Plaque, Kalachakra Stupa or Kalachakra Amulet contains the Mandala of the Kalachakra, a potent symbol of protection against loss and bad intentions. Place this near your entrance where you can see it as you enter the home to safe guard your possessions and the safety of your loved ones. It is also a good idea to carry the Kalachakra Card in your wallet for protection outside of the home.
5. An easy way to stay protected against mischievous spirits or bad feng shui is to put on sacred scarves that have been empowered with protective mantras. If you are traveling, wear the Heart Sutra Scarf or the Anti-Burglary Scarf to ensure that you are protected while you are not within the confines of your own home.
6. Invite in the protective power of the White Umbrella Goddess. The White Umbrella Goddess, Sitatapatra, is a powerful goddess who carries the victorious parasol that shields and protects from all forms of catastrophes, diseases, spirit harm and misfortune. Hang her mantra plaque or place her mirror by the entry way. It is also very auspicious to carry her card.
7. Display the image of Guru Rinpoche or hang the powerful mantra of Guru Rinpoche to dispel all hindrances and all obstacles. This powerful mantra will bring you much blessings and grant all your wishes. He is also know as the Lotus Buddha who has the power to tame all demons and keep your household safe from any spiritual harm.
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