Bring more compassion into the world by displaying these vibrant cloth prayer flags anywhere, indoors or out. Whether you string them along a porch railing, across a doorway, or even in the branches of a Christmas tree, let them remind you to be generous of spirit—to the planet, to others, and to yourself.
The motif tells the Tibetan story of Lung Ta, the Windhorse, who carries the prayers into the universe. The five colors represent the harmony of five elements in balance: blue for sky and space, white for air and wind, red for fire, green for water, and yellow for earth.
Read more below about the tradition and practice of prayer flags.
Tibetan prayer flags are a common sight along mountain passes and flying atop monasteries and temples in the Himalayas. Yes, wind and rain soon leave the flags faded and tattered, but that’s the point. They’re meant to be in motion: every flap and flutter scatters prayers, sutras, and auspicious wishes into the wind, up to the heavens, and into the universe beyond. Rain and snow carry these blessings into the Earth.
Designs vary but often include the eight auspicious symbols of Tibetan Buddhism: the knot (inter-relatedness), wheel (Buddha’s teachings), lotus (perfection), conch (the call to awaken), umbrella (protection), victory banner (conquest of ignorance), fish (freedom to enlighten), and the treasure vase (the fulfillment of all wishes). The five colors represent the harmony of five elements in balance: blue for sky and space, white for air and wind, red for fire, green for water, and yellow for earth.
Please treat prayer flags with the respect you would give a national flag. Try to avoid letting them touch the ground, and if you can, dispose of fully faded prayer flags by burning them.