Benefits of Prayer Wheels
Turning a prayer wheel creates extensive benefits for all beings because prayer wheels are the manifestation of the Compassion Buddha’s holy speech. As a holy object, a prayer wheel has tremendous power to eliminate the self-cherishing mind that keeps us from realizing perfect bodhichitta (compassion) and thus reaching enlightenment. By turning a prayer wheel with a motivation of compassion for all beings and reciting the mantra “Om Mani Padme Hung,” you will accumulate extensive merit and purify obstacles. For more information on the benefits of the prayer wheel, please refer to The Wheel of Great Compassion by Lorne Ladner, Wisdom Publications.
In a talk he gave at Land of Medicine Buddha, Lama Zopa Rinpoche said:
"One of the benefits of the prayer wheel is that it em bodies all the actions of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the 10 directions. To benefit sentient beings, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas manifest in the prayer wheel to purify all our negative karma and obscurations, and to cause us to actualize the realizations of the path to enlightenment… If you have a mani prayer wheel in your house, your house is the same as the Potala, the pure land of the Compassion Buddha. If you have a prayer wheel next to you when you die, you don't need powa… to transfer your consciousness to a pure land. Simply touching a prayer wheel brings great purification of negative karmas and obscurations. Turning a prayer wheel containing 100 million om mani padme hum mantras accumulates the same merit as having recited 100 million om mani padme hum mantras…In that few seconds, you perform so much powerful purification and accumulate so much merit. Turning the prayer wheel once is the same as having done many years of retreat. This is explained as one of the benefits of prayer wheels."
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