There are several prayer wheels at Land of Medicine Buddha. The first one you see when you arrive is the biggest. Not only is it big in size; it has the most mantras and other holy texts inside.
The refilling of the prayer wheel was completed on April 25, 2012. The filling was orchestrated by Venerable Chosang and is well-documented in photographs which you can see in our Facebook album called Prayer Wheel Improvements 2011-2012. (It’s a public page, so you don’t need to have a Facebook account to look at it.)
Below is the text of what is printed on the information sign board near the prayer wheel.
The origin of prayer wheels is lost in time. According to legend, the Buddha Dipamkara gave the practice to beings called nagas. The great Indian pandit Nagarjuna was then instructed by Chenrezig to go to the naga realm and bring a prayer wheel into the world of humans. For centuries, the practice of prayer wheels has been among the most cherished by Tibetan Buddhists and it continues today. Whether being turned by Tibetans and spiritual pilgrams at sacred sites, by people in Western Dharma centers, the prayer wheel continues to transform minds and offer its blessings of compassion. (from FPMT website)
This prayer wheel was begun in 2001 when Land of Medicine Buddha hosted teeachings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
We are delighted that our Great Prayer Wheel is complete [April 2012], thanks to the efforts of many people including former Directors Tom Flynn and Sally Barraud. Also big thanks go out to our staff, especially Gelek Sherpa our brilliantly gifted artist and Venerable Chosang who dedicated herself to seeing this project through. This would not have been possible without our amazing benefactors and generous donors, whose names you can see on the pillars in front of you. We prostrate to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Yeshe and Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche. We thank the Tibetan people and all who donated their wisdom, time, and resources to help manifest this holy object.
How Many Mantras & Texts are inside this prayer Wheel?
170,425,600,000 Mantras including:
400,000 Longest Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) Mantras
168 Billion Om Mani Padme Hum Mantras
400 Million Kurukulla Mantras
300 Million Mitrugpa (Akshobya) Mantras
200 Million Stainless Pinnacle (Namgyalma) Mantras
100 Million Kunrig (Vairochana) Mantras
400 Million Namgyalma (Ushnishavijaya) Mantras
500 Million Wish Granting Wheel Mantras
400 Million Padmasambhava Mantras
100,000 Four Dharmakaya Relic Mantras
20 Million Dependent-Related Heart Mantras
Plus These extensive Dharma Texts:
5 sets of Kangyur
5 sets of Lama Tsong Khapa collection
5 sets of Gyaltsab Je collection
5 sets of Khedrup Je collection
100,000 sets of Drang Nge text
25 Million Amitayus Long Life Sutras
We rejoice in the infinite blessings that our Wish Fulfilling Healing Prayer Wheel will bring!
This sign was created with the help of Venerable Steve Carlier, Dorje Greenberg and Denice Macy in the year of this great prayer wheel’s consecration 2139, the Tibetan Year of the Water Dragon.
How to Practice With Prayer Wheels and the BenefitsAdvice received from Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche at
Land of Medicine Buddha, July 06, 2006
To develop compassion for all sentient beings, one can turn the Prayer Wheel and chant the Chenrezig mantra. (The long dharani or OM MA NI PE ME HUM, the 11-Face Chenrezig mantra will do)
For those who have life obstacles or sickness such as cancer or some life threatening disease, they can turn the Prayer Wheel and chant the long life mantra, to be able to have a long life.
For those who want to purify negative karma, they can turn the Prayer Wheel and recite these mantras: Mitugpa, Kunrig, Namgyalma, the Stainless Pinnacle Deity & Stainless Pinnacle Lotus Mantra.
Turning the Prayer Wheel and chanting Om Mani Padme Hum – the Chenrezig mantra – is for everything -including collecting merit and purifying. It is particularly ior compassion to all sentient beings, and to achieve bodhicitta.
You can turn the Prayer Wheel not only for your own success, but to purify the negative karma of someone who has passed away. Turn the Prayer Wheel chanting mantras and sending lights from the Prayer Wheel to those who have passed away, purifying all their negative karma and defilements and they generate the whole path to enlightenment, especially bodhicitta.
Or you turn the prayer wheel and beams are emitted from all the mantras and received in all the six realms – numberless hell beings, hungry ghosts, animals, human beings, suras and asuras.
To those countries where there is war and so much suffering, so much killing, beams are emitted from the Prayer Wheel mantras, purifying all the anger and generating loving-kindness and compassion, bodhicitta in all beings hearts. This purifies all the negative karma of those who get into trouble – both sides of negative karma – those who get killed or harmed and those who are killing or harming. All that negative karma is purified.
You can use this method to enlighten all sentient beings and to liberate them from oceans of samsaric suffering and bring them to enlightenment. In parts of the world where there are so many disasters, wars, famines and things happening like this, this practice can be good. Send beams from the Prayer Wheel so they receive Chenrezig’s holy compassion from the Prayer Wheel.Send beams from the mantra to those sentient beings who are suffering so that all their negative karma will be completely purified.
One can do the same meditation of turning the Prayer Wheel and reciting the mantra with beams emitted from each mantra, going to all six realms and purifying all beings, contagious diseases, spirit harm and negative karmas. By purifying the negative karma and generating the whole path to enlightenment, especially renunciation, bodhicitta and the wisdom realizing emptiness,
May anyone who sees hears or thinks about this prayer wheel have the fortune to achive enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings!