Compassion Wheel

“I am so happy that projects like the prayer wheel of compassion exist as a way for people to be involved in something that will bring benefit to so many mother sentient beings, generations who aren’t even born yet, and to dedicate towards those who have passed”

– A recent donor to the Compassion Wheel project

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Your contribution to the prayer wheel project will help spread much needed compassion and healing to our planet. The benefits will travel out to the world and will also travel with you for this life and on to the future.

Explore Our Vision and Plans

In 1999, our Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, donated the Institute a stunning prayer wheel and later instructed us to place 5 trillion mani mantras of compassion in the wheel.

 

A ‘mani mantra’ refers to the six-syllabled sanskrit mantra of Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. It is said that spinning a wheel that contains this mantra is the same as reciting the mantra as many times as it is duplicated in the wheel.

 

It’s difficult to imagine 5 trillion mani mantras circling a 10 ft. x 7 ft. ‘prayer wheel of compassion,’ but that is the bold vision of our precious Lama Zopa Rinpoche. To reach those numbers we use microfilm. A single roll contains an astounding 640 million mani mantras. Five trillion requires 7,812 rolls of microfilm. This weighs 8 tons or the equivalent of 8 small cars. How an 8-ton object can be spun by the force of a single forearm is mind bending. Our fearless structural engineers have tackled this puzzle though, designed and rebuilt the frame housing the mantras and and bearing system to bring this amazing feat to fruition.

 

It’s amazing to see this wonderful project taking shape!

Where We’re at Today

We are currently in the second phase of this project! The basic structure has been framed out, new structurally reinforced frame and bearings build and installed, and are now focused on putting together the wheel with 1 trillion mani mantras to start.  We are also beginning to process of contracting the traditional ornate wood-carved artwork that will adorn the structure. We still need to raise $100,000 more for completion of phase 2.

 

The plan is to ultimately move to Phase 3, which will see the prayer wheel capacity increased to hold the 5 trillion mantras.  Buying the remaining amount of mantras for that phase is close to $500,000.

 

View phase projection plans for the Compassion Wheel.

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In a time that the world so urgently needs its healing power we need you and your support to get the wheel spinning!

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