Fly Your Lungta In Dzamling Gar For Losar!

Dear all,

You now have the possibility to contribute to the development and maintenance of Dzamling Gar by reserving your Lungta. The Prayer Flags will be hung for you in Dzamling Gar for Losar. It is a great way to balance your energy, eliminate obstacles and increase your fortune for the upcoming year!

We only have a limited quantity of 200 horizontal flags (in sets of 5) for the suggested donation €25 and 140 big vertical flags for the suggested donation €40, but we will try to order more.

So order your flags now and support Dzamling Gar!

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By hanging flags in high places the Lungta will carry the blessings depicted on the flags to all beings. As wind passes over the surface of the flags, which are sensitive to the slightest movement of the wind, the air is purified and sanctified by the mantras.

The prayers of a flag become a permanent part of the universe as the images fade from exposure to the elements. Just as life moves on and is replaced by new life, Tibetans renew their hopes for the world by continually mounting new flags alongside the old.

This act symbolizes a welcoming of life’s changes and an acknowledgment that all beings are part of a greater ongoing cycle. Because the symbols and mantras on prayer flags are sacred, they should be treated with respect. They should not be placed on the ground or used on clothing. Old prayer flags should be burned.

The word lungta (ཀླུང་རྟ་, klung rta) is composed of two syllables: the first, lung, represents the element ‘space’ in the fivefold classification of the elements ‘earth, water, fire, air and space’ and signifies ‘universal foundation’ or ‘omnipervasiveness’. […]

The second syllable ta (horse) refers to the ‘excellent horse’ (རྟ་མཆོག་, rta mchog), and since in ancient times in Tibet the horse was the symbol of travelling with the greatest speed, in this case it seems to refer to the transmutation of every thing that depends on the five elements from negative to positive, from bad to good, from misfortune to good fortune, from baleful portents to auspicious signs, from poverty to prosperity, and it implies that this should ensue with the greatest speed. […]

I believe this to be the true meaning of lungta. In more recent times the custom has arisen of spelling this word རླུང་རྟ་, rlung rta (wind horse), ascribing to it the meaning ‘that which rides the wind’, but I think this is derived from the practical function of the lungta flags of being raised in the sky and moved by the wind.

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