Tibetan Prayer Flags are flown throughout the Himalayas, and are often seen at bridges, crossroads, holy sites, temples, rooftops, mountain summits or anywhere the prayers may meet the wind. The flags are traditionally printed with auspicious symbols, mantras and prayers, which are blown by the wind, spreading good will and compassion into all of space. It is an ancient tradition, dating back thousands of years, with the intent of bringing benefit to all, invoking compassion, harmony, peace, wisdom and strength, and offering protection against dangers and evil.
As a flag's images fade from exposure to the wind and elements, the prayers become a permanent part of the universe. Just as all living things move on and are replaced by new life, Tibetans renew their hopes for the world by mounting new flags alongside the old. The prayer flag tradition welcomes the ongoing cycle of life with good will, wisdom, and harmony.
Below you will find several options of prayer flags to choose from. The horizontal flag strings are called Lung ta in Tibetan, meaning "Windhorse", and the vertical pole flags are called Darchor, meaning "flagstaff". The standard cotton flags are from the bustling street markets of Kathmandu, where they are sold to locals and visiting Buddhist pilgrims. The flags labeled as high grade use superior quality inks and fabric, and have had their prayer mantras verified by a Lama.