A buddhist woman spinning a prayer wheel in YuShu, China. A prayer wheel is a cylindrical wheel on a spindle usually made from metal. Traditionally, the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is written in Sanskrit on the outside of the wheel. 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 (or in the case of larger prayer wheels, millions) of mantras are then wrapped around this life tree. 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.
I took this picture on my last trip in QingHai, China, in the city of YuShu on an assignment for @wildwondersofchina. I was really surprised to see how many people are so fervently practicing their faith, given the fact that they live in a country where religion is definitely frown upon. China never ceases to surprise me.
💥 Have you ever seen a prayer wheel? If so where?