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It’s unlikely you’ll be levitating off the ground any time soon — even if you undertake millions of prayer wheel spins — so what did the great Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava mean when he wrote: you will “be able to attain mystic powers… eliminate immeasurable karmic obscurations” in teachings on Prayer Wheels? We can only guess — Guru Rinpoche was fully Enlightened; we are not. However, a review of five separate sacred texts on Prayer Wheels, from elites such as the fourth Panchen Lama, and other great Gurus, states similar benefits. For example, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, in an introduction to a translation on several Prayer Wheel texts writes :
“Turning the prayer wheel once is the same as having done many years of retreat.”
Although this begs the question, “Why engage in a three-year retreat, when you could just sit and spin a Dharma Wheel?” — that’s not the point. It’s not permission to be lazy. It’s permission to practice everywhere, more often, for the benefit of all sentient beings. This is why you see great teachers such as H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, at a Highest Yoga Tantra commentary on Vajrayogini, spinning the prayer wheel as he speaks. The spinning doesn’t ever stop — for the benefit of all sentient beings.
H.E. Garchen Rinpoche teaching with spinning prayer wheel in right hand. This prayer wheel was made by the Prayer Wheel Shop, who do custom wheels made by hand with your own choice of mantra>
Prayer Wheels are for all levels of practice
H.E. Garchen Rinpoche with student Micha Strauss, a maker of hand-made prayer wheels, with a personalized prayer wheel.
Prayer Wheels are sometimes thought of as a “beginner” practice; however, quite the opposite is true. Yes, anyone can practice, but the more advanced the practitioner, the greater the benefit. In an important text, “Benefits of the Lotus Wheel”, by the teacher Rinchen Nampar Gyalwa, the “everywhere” aspect is emphasized — and here the author is quoting the Buddha, responding to Shariputra:
“For those who turn the lotus wheel… during the times of the great festivals, but also daily,
By: Lee Kane
Title: Buddha on Dharma Prayer Wheels: “defilements will be purified and the face of the deity will appear”; Guru Rinpoche: you will “be able to attain mystic powers…”
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Published Date: Tue, 07 Jul 2020 06:26:26 +0000