From the courtyard of the Tibetan Buddhist monastery at the Atisha Centre, near the Great Stupa at Bendigo, Australia: a large, brightly painted cylindrical prayer wheel is located in a serene garden of native plants and Buddhist statues. Touch the surface of the cylinder (or apply some muscle if it's a large metal drum like this one) and it will silently rotate, spreading blessings to the world through the movement of its contained sacred mantras and texts. Walk around it and feel the soft air, as red and gold mantra lettering floats past. Meditate for a moment.
Hit "play" to activate the prayer wheel:
Below: Tibetan prayer wheels are devices for spreading spiritual blessings and well being - there are numerous prayer wheels, inscribed in different languages, at Atisha Buddhist Centre, the monastery, and the Great Stupa - many carry the timeless mantra Oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ.
- All photos by Catherine Schieve