Object biography by Juliana Remark, view HERE.
Introduction: “The object shown is a prayer wheel (below) , which is an integral object in Tibetan Buddhism. The goal of the Tibetan prayer wheel is to “relieve the misery of all beings” (Sakya 2012). Inside of prayer wheels are Mantras, sacred prayers associated with certain deities that are “empowered by enlightened beings and deliver benefit to sentient beings” (Sakya 2012). Rolls of thin paper containing many copies of the mantra are wound up in the top of the prayer wheel (Xin 2016). The belief in Tibetan Buddhism is that spinning the prayer wheel is just as powerful as reciting the sacred texts aloud, and the prayer wheel allows one to spin through the mantras much faster than one could actually say the mantras (Xin 2016). Thus, the prayer wheel has great power because it allows one to obtain a tremendous amount of “merit, peace, kindness, and relief from suffering to all beings” (Sakya 2012). ”