The items on the line are "Tibetan Prayer Flags." The history of these
flags dates back thousands of years to preBuddhist Tibet. While we are not
practicing Buddhists, we can appreciate the beauty of their the spiritual
teachings and the path to enlightenment. The first set of prayer flags we had on camera, was a set given to us as a gift from a dear friend.
It has now withered away from exposure to the elements as perhaps a reminder
that nothing lasts forever. The current set of prayer flags on display is
our gift to you.
The traditional five colors of the flags represent the five Buddha families and
five elements. The colors are:
- Blue = Space
- White = Water
- Red = Fire
- Green = Air & Wind
- Yellow = Earth
In addition to the colors, prayer flags have images and prayers printed by
carved wood blocks. The prayers are written in Tibetan and are blessings for
happiness, enlightenment and protection of all beings. The images on the
- Horse - Symbolizes accomplishment of positive works.
- Garuda eating snake - Frightens away evil wills or intentions
- Dragon - protects from threats from the sky.
- Tigers - symbolizes success in life.
- Lions - symbolizes being a leader in all stages of life.
Prayer flags are meant to be hung outdoors so the wind can carry the
blessings and loving kindness for all beings. This seems quite an
appropriate match for the bubble cam!