Accompanying each painting will be a freestanding wildlife prayer wheel made by master wood turners and ceramic sculptors from around the United States. Seattle based master wood turner, Dr. Thomas Hohl and ceramic sculptor Chris Moench are spearheading The Wildlife Prayer Wheels, a noteworthy exhibition unto themselves. These magnificent wildlife wheels are designed to reflect unique qualities of each animal, honor their importance and move energy in their direction for their protection.
Traditionally, Tibetan prayer wheels are utilized to bring blessings and to clear negativity. Spinning prayers placed inside a Tibetan prayer wheel is said to powerfully help all of life— animals, birds, insects, fish, and humans.
The first to be made, the giraffe wheel was meticulously crafted by Dr. Hohl according to Tibetan tradition, as directed by the Venerable Lama Zopa Rimpoche, author and world authority on prayer wheels, and author Lorne Ladner in Wheel of Great Compassion.
The Giraffe prayer wheel is made of maple wood as a stave construction, and is housed in Brazilian cherry wood. There are one billion, one hundred million prayers inside the wheel. Upon completion in 2009, Lama Zopa Rimpoche personally blessed and consecrated the giraffe wheel in Portland, Oregon.
THE WILDLIFE PRAYER WHEELS
A sustainable society is one that satisfies its needs without diminishing the prospects of future generations. — Lester Brown, The World Watch Institute
Visitors, especially the children, can spin the wildlife wheels with hope for the Earth, the animals and our future. Everyone will have an opportunity to write his or her own wishes or prayers on parchment and insert them into a wildlife wheel and/or record them in The Book of Hope.
The Earth Wheel as drawn by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, following instructions from the Fourth Panchen Lama. "Place this inside the prayer wheel below the mani mantras, with the life-tree (center spindle) passing through the circle in the middle."
THE GIRAFFE WHEEL
The Sky Wheel as drawn by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, following the instructions of the Fourth Panchen Lama. "Place this inside the prayer wheel above the mani mantras, (prayers) with the life-tree passing through the circle in the middle."
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