Peace on Earth

December 24, 2012

Prayer wheels at the Sakya Monastery in Seattle

Prayer wheels and prayers for peace

The holiday season rings with the prayer for “Peace on Earth.”  These prayer wheels at the Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in Seattle are monuments to peace and harmony.  Enclosed within each prayer wheel is a scroll with a mantra of lovingkindness and compassion written 100,000 times.  Spin the wheels to send the prayer — a universal desire for peace on earth.

“Your thoughts become your words.
Your words become  your actions.
Your actions become your habits.
Your habits become your character.
Your character becomes your destiny.”
— The Buddha

Prayer flags flutter outside the Sakya Monastery

Buddha with offerings

2 Responses to “Peace on Earth”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    The wisdom of the Buddha keeps appearing, in various forms which I suspect he’d recognize and approve. The coders among us used to say (and perhaps still do) “Garbage in, garbage out”.
    Annie Dillard says that the author “is careful of what he reads, for that is what he will write. He is careful of what he learns, for that is what he will know.”

    It certainly is worth pondering when it comes to discussions of, for example, the role of violence in films and video games.

    In any event, a thought-provoking entry and beautiful photos. May your season be filled with peace.

  2. Chris Says:

    Beautiful and Peace to you!!

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