Hoisting of the Lung Dhar/Prayer Flags

The Lung Dhar meaning Wind Horse consists of colored square cloths strung together, the colors represent the five elements – Yellow (earth), green (wood), white (iron), blue (water), red (fire).  The prayers and mantras are written on the cloth.The Lung dhars are usually hung outdoors in higher places where the winds are stronger. The wind is considered an expression of the mind and mental energy, so when the wind moves the prayer flags, it activates the blessings.The process of hanging the prayer flags can also be considered a meditative act where one concentrates on the different senses – sight (seeing the prayer flags), sound (fluttering in the wind), thought (prayers) and touch (the act of hanging the prayer flags). The prayer flags must be first blessed in a scared ceremony by a monk.