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The Wheel of Great Compassion: The Practice of the Prayer Wheel in Tibetan Buddhism
Synopses & Reviews
The prayer wheel plays an important role in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Devout believers regard the very act of turning the prayer wheel as the activity of enlightened beings, and regard the mantras written inside the wheel as the Compassion Buddha's holy speech. Prayer wheel practice is said to be of immeasurable benefit to all suffering beings, and sincere use of the prayer wheel can increase compassion, purify negativity, and remove barriers to enlightenment. Yet even Tibetan texts on prayer wheel practice are difficult to find.
Wheel of Great Compassion equips Western readers with everything necessary to understand this unique and powerful practice, including:
The history of prayer wheel practice and its ancient lineage
The Symbolism of the prayer wheel and its role in Tibetan rituals
An explanation of the myriad benefits of prayer wheel practice
The proper method for constructing and filling a prayer wheel
A detailed description of the visualization practices and mantras used when turning the wheel
Wheel of Great Compassion offers translations of several seminal texts and commentaries by renowned Tibetan teachers—including Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the Fourth Panchen Lama—as well as instructive diagrams and full-color photographs.
The first book to provide Western readers with a complete understanding of the prayer wheel.
The Wheel of Great Compassion is the first book to provide Western readers with a complete understanding of the prayer wheel--an ancient and mystical practice that has long been popular with Buddhists throughout Tibet and Mongolia for its ability to bless the environment, promote healing, increase compassion, and assist practitioners on their journeys to enlightenment.
This book offers a clear description of prayer wheel practice, its meaning and benefits, and its role as an essential ritual and symbol of Tibetan Buddhism. It contains a general introduction to the prayer wheel, photographs and illustrations, six commentaries by Tibetan lamas (including Lama Zopa Rinpoche), and instructions for both prayer wheel construction and proper use.
About the Author
Lorne Ladner is a psychologist working in private practice and in community mental health. He is the author of The Lost Art of Compassion: Discovering the Practice of Happiness in the Meeting of Buddhism and Psychology and founding director of the Guhyasamaja Center near Washington D.C. He has been involved in teaching about and the construction of prayer wheels since 1991. He lives in Manassas, Virginia.
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