Prayer wheel at “Norbulingka Institute”. March 2012
Tibetan mani chos ’khor, in Tibetan Buddhism, a mechanical device the use of which is equivalent to the recitation of a mantra (sacred syllable or verse). Each turning of the wheel by hand is equivalent in efficacy to the prayer’s oral recitation multiplied by the number of times the mantra is printed on the scroll.
The “Norbulingka Institute” is situated at Sidhpur 10km from Dharamsala town. “Norbulingka” literally “The Jeweled Park” is named after the summer residence of Dalai Lama at Lhasa. It has a beautiful Buddha temple, a Japanese inspired garden, a dolls house and a craft centre. Built in the traditional Tibetan style, it’s set in a beautiful garden, flowing streams, small waterfalls, bridges, and koi ponds, while the spectacular Dhualadhar mountains of the outer Himalayas rise impressively in the background. The “Norbulingka Institute” has a mission to preserve and promote Tibetian Culture.
*Image by Lera Grant-Evdokimova