A prayer wheel is a cylindrical wheel on a spindle made from metal, wood, stone, leather or coarse cotton. Traditionally, the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is written in Newari language of Nepal, on the outside of the wheel. Also sometimes depicted are Dakinis, Protectors and very often the 8 auspicious symbols Ashtamangala. At the core of the cylinder is a "Life Tree" often made of wood or metal with certain mantras written on or wrapped around it. Many thousands of mantras are then wrapped around this life tree. The Mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is most commonly used, but other mantras may be used as well. According to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition based on the lineage texts regarding prayer wheels, spinning such a wheel will have much the same meritorious effect as orally reciting the prayers.
Tibet has the largest tradition of Dragon which dates back more than 7000 years. Dragons are not just mythical stories or just some curiosities. They are part of Tibetan life and culture. The symbols of dragons are everywhere from the beginning of Tibetan history and the importance is still up until today.
In Tibet, Dragon is considered as one of the dignities. There is a total of four dignities. Tiger, snow lion, and the Garuda .
Handcrafts are the specialty of the Himalayan people. They spend most time of their day making different types of handcrafted products out of stone, wood, wools, paintings and many more.
Stone Crafts in Nepal dates back to at least two thousand years. Different earpieces, armlets, bracelets, anklets, styles of halos, folds of garments, manners of the sash, and many others are the distinguishing features that classify the variety of artforms found in stone sculptures.
Manjushree - "God of Divine Wisdom" whose worship confers mastery of the Dharma, retentive memory, mental perfection, and eloquence.
He is one of the forms of Bodhistawas and symbolizes the wisdom. Manjushree is considered as the founder of Nepalese civilization and the creator of Kathmandu Valley. According to the tradition, he was a Chinese Saint.
His intuition told him of the blue flame (symbolizing Adibuddha or Swayamnhu) on a lotus in the big lake of Nepal. His purpose to .
OM MANI PADME HUM is the six-syllable mantra of the Avalokitesvara, known as a savior and protector from the dangers. It is believed that one who chants this mantra, will be saved from all dangers and the misery in life. This mantra is widely used in Mahayana Buddhism for different purposes from chanting to using them in arts. The mantras are often found inscribed on rocks, prayer wheels, Chaitya walls, paths, the approaches and .
Among the 108 forms of Lokeswara Avalokitesvara is one who refuses to accept Nirvana since he considers such acceptance is selfish in view of the ignorance of the great majority of the people who have not yet attained the stage. His sacrifice symbolizes infinite compassion(Karuna), sharing of mankind's misery, willingness to help those in distress. He holds in his hand the indestructible jewel. He is savior and protector from danger. So his mantra "OM MANI PADME HUM" .
Apart from classical Mahāyāna Buddhist practices like the six perfections, Tibetan Buddhism also includes tantric practices, such as deity yoga and the Six Dharmas of Naropa as well as methods which are seen as transcending tantra, like Dzogchen.
In Tibetan Buddhism, practices are generally classified as either Sutra (or Pāramitāyāna) or Tantra (Vajrayāna or Mantrayāna), though exactly what constitutes each category and what is included and excluded in each is a matter of debate and .
Tantra are the esoteric traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism that developed in South Asia from the middle of the 1st millennium CE onwards.
The term tantra, in the Indian traditions, also means any systematic broadly applicable text, theory, system, method, instrument, technique or practice.
A key feature of these traditions is the use of mantras, and thus they are commonly referred to as Mantramārga ("Path of Mantra") in Hinduism or Mantrayāna ("Mantra Vehicle") and Guhyamantra ("Secret .