The practice of hanging prayer flags goes back thousands of years to the Bon tradition which pre-dates Buddhism.
It was a shamanic medicinal practice to help bring balance to the ancient elements that the colours of the flags represent.
This balance can be achieved both internally, bringing health to mind and body, and externally by bringing harmony to the environment.
The Tibetan word for prayer flags is Dar Cho, “Dar” means to increase life, fortune, health and wealth. “Cho” means all sentient beings.
Prayer flags can be hung both inside and outside.
Inside will increase harmony and spiritual awareness
Flags hung outside (the higher the better) benefit the environment and all beings touched by the wind.
It is important to treat prayer flags with respect as they contain sacred text and symbols, and have the correct intentions: “May all beings benefit” rather than something self-motivated.
Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom.
It is a common misconception that flags carry prayers to the Gods; but in fact the Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading space.
After some time the prayer flags will naturally fade and fray, symbolising the passing nature of all things.
They are deliberately not hemmed.
Flags are then traditionally burned to carry their blessings to the heavens.
They are then replaced by new flags that contain our renewed wishes, or new ones put over the old ones.
All manufactured in Tibet.