Nepal Earthquake –Printing Studio Update
Three weeks after the major earthquake in Nepal (April 25, 2015), we finally heard from the manager of the studio where our prayer flags are printed. Everyone is okay and the studio is still standing. Most of the employees left to go to their home villages to help with relief efforts. Some returned to Kathmandu and began working again. A major aftershock, 3 days after resuming work, made them reconsider. The studio itself seems strong enough, but the surrounding buildings are in danger of falling down.
The Nepali government has teams of engineers roaming Kathmandu, checking and condemning buildings that are structurally unsound. The older buildings are brick and timber, with no reinforcing. Many of those fell down. The newer buildings are reinforced concrete post and beam, with double walled brick infill between the columns. Most of them remained standing, but many have cracks, not only in the non-bearing brick “curtain” walls, but even in the reinforce concrete columns and horizontal slabs. Repairing them is extremely difficult and costly. Even tearing them down is difficult because of the reinforcing steel. .
Despite all the problems, the employees still want to work. They need the income to rebuild, but we first need to make sure the building is safe and there’s no danger from the surrounding buildings. I don’t know when we will be printing prayer flags again in the Kathmandu studio.
There was some inventory stored at the studio and we had it all shipped to California. We may run out of some things, but we’ll have most items in stock for a few months. We’ll continue to curtail our wholesale business in order to stretch our inventory for as long as possible.
Please donate to Nepal Disaster Relief Fund. http://www.thegreatawakening.org/nepal-relief
High Quality Tibetan Buddhist Prayer Flags, Deity Prints & Auspicious Symbols.
Prayer Flags are inscribed with auspicious symbols, invocations, prayers, and mantras. Tibetan Buddhists for centuries have planted these flags outside their homes and places of spiritual practice for the wind to carry the beneficent vibrations across the countryside. Prayer flags are said to bring happiness, long life and prosperity to the flag planter and those in the vicinity. Dharma prints bear traditional Buddhist symbols, protectors and enlightened beings. As the Buddhist spiritual approach is non-theistic, the elements of Tantric iconography do not stand for external beings, but represent aspects of enlightened mind i.e. compassion, perfect action, fearlessness, etc. Displayed with respect, Dharma prints impart a feeling of harmony and bring to mind the precious teachings.
The prayer flag tradition is ancient, dating back thousands of years in India and to the shamanistic Bon tradition of pre-Buddhist Tibet. Bonpo priests used solid colored cloth flags, perhaps with their magical symbols, to balance the elements both internally and externally. The 5 colors of prayer flags represent the 5 basic elements: yellow-earth, green–water, red-fire, white-air, blue-space. Balancing these elements externally brings harmony to the environment. Balancing the elements internally brings health to the body and the mind.
Buddhists added their own texts to increase the power of the flags. There are ancient symbols, prayers and mantras for generating compassion, health, wish fulfillment, and for overcoming diseases, natural disasters and other obstacles. In this present dark-age disharmony reigns and the elements are way out of balance. The earth needs healing like never before. Prayer flags moving in the wind generate a natural positive energy. Acting on a spiritual level the emanating vibrations protect from harm and bring harmony to everything touched by the wind.
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Radiant Heart Studios has been designing and printing Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags since 1974. Our California studio prints art quality traditional prayer flags, auspicious symbols and deity prints. Our Kathmandu studio prints and sews the highest quality Tibetan prayer flags on ropes for horizontal displays and many styles and sizes of vertical prayer flags for poles. We also offer high quality but reasonably priced Tibetan thangkas, thick cotton Buddhist Symbol wall hangings and a new line of embroidered “Dharma Caps.” We are dedicated to offering the highest quality products at reasonable prices. Most of us here at the Radiant Heart Studios are Tibetans. The sales of our products helps support our extended families and we try to donate much of our profits to Tibetan social, cultural, religious and political causes.
Our prayer flags and Dharma prints are hand printed on high quality 100% cotton fabric with non-toxic, colorfast textile paints. The details in each design are quite precise and the colors are pure and bright. Prayer flags may be placed either inside of a building to increase the spiritual atmosphere or outdoors where the wind can carry their prayers. Traditionally, they are fastened to eaves or sewn onto ropes to be displayed horizontally or they are fastened to bamboo, wood or metal poles for vertical display. Sets of five color flags should be put in the order: blue, white, red, green, yellow (from left to right or from top to bottom.) The colors represent the elements: space, air, fire, water and earth. Because the symbols and mantras on these prints are sacred, we ask that they be treated with the traditional Tibetan respect - please do not place them on the ground or use them in articles of clothing. When disposing of old prints please burn them.
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