Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Prayer Wheel in Sun Valley

I have yet to spin a prayer wheel, but look forward to the day.

This morning's post takes us on a virtual trek to Sun Valley Idaho and more specifically to Sawtooth Botanical Garden, location of this prayer wheel.

The artistry of these wheels is stunning. In September of 2005, H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama visited the Garden to bless this prayer wheel, which was a gift to the Sun Valley and greater Idaho community as well as commemorative to the Dalai Lama's "Healing Address" for the events of 9/11. The Prayer Wheel weighs 800 pounds (!) and was designed and handmade by artisans in Dharmsala, India. The pagoda it sits in is hand crafted of Douglas Fir and a creek flowing underneath spins the wheel in the warmer months. The garden was designed by Martin Mosko, a landscape architect and ordained Zen Buddhist monk. It is apparently also the largest Tibetan Buddhist prayer wheel on the continent.

Just beautiful.

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