We wish to erect a prayer wheel large enough to house 1 trillion Great Compassion Mantras. Tibetan prayer wheels (called Mani wheels by the Tibetans) are devices for spreading spiritual blessings and well-being. Rolls of thin paper, imprinted many, many times with the mantra (prayer) Om Mani Padme Hum in an ancient Indian script or in Tibetan script, are wound around an axle in a protective container, and spun around and around. Spinning the prayers is said to be the equivalent of saying them out loud.
The Great Compassion Mantra, "Om Mani Padme Hum," is the mantra of Chenrezig, who as one of the great Bodhisattvas, pledged to free all beings from their sufferings before attaining enlightenment himself.
"Just touching and turning a prayer wheel brings incredible purification and accumulates unbelievable merit." - Lama Zopa Rinpoche
To provide an opportunity for visitors and guests to receive blessings and engage in a positive activity as well as to bless the people and animals of the Santa Cruz and Bay Area.
In his kindness, Lama Zopa Rinpoche donated to Vajrapani the body of a prayer wheel large enough to house 1 trillion 'Great Compassion' mantras. It will measure 10' tall and 7' wide... wow!
In 2002, the prayer wheel, in 198 pieces of copper and iron, arrived from Nepal. The shipment weighed 819 kilograms!
Obtain Prayer Wheel Parts: Completed! -Stored on our property!
Collect Mantra’s (on microfilm): In progress…
Architecture and Engineering designs to be commissioned: Pending
Assemble Prayer Wheel: Pending
Construct Decorative Enclosure: Pending
Total estimated budget: $190,000
$50,000 for microfilm
$20,000 for design and engineering
$120,000 for materials and labor
This project is currently on hold due to lack of funds.
Vajrapani Institute is a meditation retreat center in California’s spectacular redwood forest in the Santa Cruz mountains.
We offer private meditation retreat cabins as well asTibetan Buddhist courses and group retreats in the Gelug tradition, the same tradition as H.H. The Dalai Lama.