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Mani Wheel

This is, of course, the same as the last curved star puff I made. The crease pattern reminds me of a lotus, so it is not inappropriate to put the lotus sutra on it. (It may be inappropriate for a garden variety protestant to put it there, but that's another discussion.)

 

In Tibetan Buddhism, one of the devices of worship is a mani wheel, that is, a wheel on a stick that is rotated by the worshiper. The wheel, moving clockwise, displays the syllables of the sutra in order. I was surprised to find that many of these are wind and water powered, but this is no odder than rosary beads or televangelism, when you think about it. You work with the technology you have.

 

The vanes on this one make it spin in the wind. Not very well, though. I think I need those swivels we used to put on our fishing lines.

 

A prototype of a present for a friend who got me the ticket to see the Dalai Lama the other day. Here's a pdf for those who want to play along at home.

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Taken on May 12, 2007