Hand painted prayer wheels made at the Sange AKA Wutun Monasteries in Eastern Tibet in the Amdo region.
Prayer Wheels are are a manifestation of the Compassion Buddha's holy
speech. Turning the prayer wheel with bodhichitta motivation while
reciting the 6-syllable mantra will allow "one to collect more
extensive merit to quickly achieve enlightenment than an arhat who
abides for many years in the blissfull state of peace for oneself
alone." (Lama tubten Zopa Rinpoche) "..in the text by the 4th Panchen
Lama, I translated a section in which Amitabha Buddha says, 'Anyone who
recites the six syllables while turning the Dharma wheel at the same
time is equal in fortune to the Thousand Buddhas,' and in which
Shakyamuni Buddha says that turning the prayer wheel once is better
than having done one, seven, or nine years of retreat." (Lama Thubten
Zopa Rinpoche from the forward to WHEEL OF GREAT COMPASSION~ The Practice of the Prayer Wheel in Tibetan Buddhism by Lorne Ladner.
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