Photographer's Note

This was taken in the afternoon in Tagong Si Monastery, Tagong Western Sichuan. I just so happened to capture the lone prayer discharging his religious duty by spinning the last wheel clockwise and for a moment the sounds of reciting prayer & mantra filled the air in all directions. It was just mind-blowing and I was totally captivated........

The Tibetan Khampa prayer wheel or Mani wheel, symbolises the Wheel of Buddhist Law, the endless cycle of birth and rebirth and is one of the oldest symbols of Buddhism. It is used to represent Buddhism and turning the wheel is a metaphor for the Buddha's teaching of the dharma in the world. A prayer wheel is of a hollow metal cylinder mounted on a rod handle and containing a tightly wound scroll printed with a mantra. According the Tibetan Buddhist belief, spinning such a wheel is just as effective as reciting them orally.

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