Posted by Susan Stierli (18.104.22.168) on August 05, 2000 at 05:45:55:
In Reply to: Prayer Wheels posted by Buddy on August 04, 2000 at 04:09:41:
: I just got my first prayer wheel and I have a question about it. I know that they are supposed to be turned clockwise, but is it bad to turn it counter clockwise? Does it reverse the prayer? Is it like praying for anger, hatred, stupidity, prejudice, and the rest of the emotions that it is supposed to purify?
Buddy, before you start using it, you need to see if there are prayer inside it. Usually at the very top of the prayer where is a little knob and it will turn and you can open it and see if there are prayers inside it. If not, then all you are doing is nothing. The prayer wheel must be in a clock wise position for it to be effective. The prayer will's position is the same as for everything else, clock wise for walking around a stupa, clockwise for walking, etc. I don't have the exact information at fingertips why this position is done but it has to do with old tradition and something with the old form of Bon religion. If there are prayers, perhaps you can find a Lama to bless it and if there is no prayers, perhaps he could help you make them.
Your perception of negativity of going the other way is right on.
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