Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014 I have been a yogi for over 12 years, and though I am familiar with the Om, I never knew about the Tibetan Prayer Wheel.
It is carved with the Tibetan symbolism of Om Mane Padme Hum. The wheel is balanced on a fulcrum with a bearing so it spins. Each time the wheel is spun, the Om prayer, which calls to end suffering for all living beings, is sent out into the universe.
Buddhists teach the Prayer Wheel harmonizes the environment, increases compassion & encourages a peaceful state of mind.
The Tibetan Om is beautiful and I love the mantra. So I decided to make one for me. After I completed it, I thought it would be a great one-day workshop. So... I'm designing a workshop with the working title: "Meditations in Clay: Making Your Own Prayer Wheel". If all goes well, I'll debut it this summer in Boulder, Colorado. In the meantime, I hope to make 3 sizes of Prayer wheels.
I will mount them on a base so it spins; the finial will be on top.