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

Universal Lessons

January 17, 2010

Prayer wheels outside the Sakya Temple for Tibetan Buddhism, Seattle

“Pay attention, tell the truth, be kind, and find things to appreciate and enjoy every day.  Try to learn something from everyone.  Be open to wonder.”
     — Mary Pipher, Seeking Peace: Chronicles of the Worst Buddhist in the World

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air,but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”
     — Thich Nhat Hanh