Prayer Wheels

Creating Prayer Wheels at the Nyingma Institute

At the direction of Tarthang Tulku, the Nyingma Institute has helped create sacred prayer wheels for the past decade. Thousands of these prayer wheels have been donated back to the Tibetan people, for whom they represent an important part of their spiritual practice.

Prayer wheels (also known as Dharma Wheels) contain the words of the Buddha, teachings of wisdom and compassion, printed on rolls of paper glued together and wrapped by hand. Two thousand years ago, the famed Buddhist master Nagarjuna determined that setting the Buddha’s printed words in motion activated the same blessings as reciting them with the human voice. In Tibet, prayer wheels became a part of daily life, turned at every opportunity in order to activate the blessings of compassion, promote harmony and peace, and prevent natural disasters.

The prayer wheels produced by Tarthang Tulku contain vast numbers of texts and mantras. They are designed to bring benefit to countless beings for generations to come, easing the suffering of difficult times and helping to ensure that the compassionate teachings of the Buddha continue to brighten the world.

If you would like to help support or work with the Nyingma Institute’s prayer wheel project, contact our volunteer coordinator, Lynn Olechnowicz at (510) 809-1000 or