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In "Sing to the Power," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants make prayer flags.
Explain, in these words or your own:
Tibetan Buddhists have a tradition of writing prayers on pieces of fabric and displaying them outside to flap in the wind. They believe each time the fabric is moved by the air, it is as if the prayer is going out to help the world. Buddhist prayers are usually wishes for peace, compassion, and happiness for all beings.
Invite participants to write or draw prayers or wishes for the world on the squares of cloth, to create their own prayer flags. When everyone is finished (if there is time, participants may make more than one), fold over the top border of each flag and staple the flag to a length of yarn. Staple the squares adjacent to one another, so the flags hang in a row.
Bring the group outside to the location you have chosen. Tie the yarn between trees, posts, or buildings so the flags can flap in the wind. While outside, invite volunteers to point out their flags and describe the prayers they offer.
Return to the indoor space. Invite reflection with questions such as:
Participants with limited coordination or vision may need help holding down the fabric as they draw or assistance in visual expressing their prayer.
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Last updated on Thursday, August 16, 2012.
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