Solar Prayer Wheel
He had the idea before coming to Bhutan and brought solar panels
and motor from home.
The prayer wheel was bought in Bhutan and modified to fit the
Tashi made sure Eric, Pat and I had the necessary accutrements
of incense, yak butter, and scarfs to properly make the solar
Then he takes us to a temple to give the solar prayer wheel
The Temple is up a little hill.
We drive most of the way, then walk.
Before entering the Temple we stop to put an honorary scarf
on the gift.
We got some stares from interested locals.
Of course, no cameras inside!
Also, surprisingly NO WOMEN!
The Temple Caretaker came out and took the solar prayer wheel
from Eric and put it on the alter inside. Then he took the white
scarfs Tashi helped us to get and put them inside on the Buddha
of Compassion (with 11 heads and 1000arms). Then he came with
a tray and we rolled dice. He had a very old book on numberology
and from it read our fortunes. First you put money on the tray.
Eric rolled a 9, which was said to be good. I rolled a 15 and
the Monk turned to some pages and read in tongue we didn't understand
but Tashi assured us it was the best you could roll. He told
me the Monk said that the "desires I want will come to
be." Geesh, f I only know what I wanted! Then Pat rolled.
Then Eric and the Caretaker went into the alter and Pat and
I were given little brass bowls of melted yak butter and lit
wicks to meditate and pray. I raised the bowl with both hands
over my head and bowed to the Buddha. Pat got down on her knees
and put her forehead to the floor. Then the Monk took our candles
and put them inside on the alter. He came back and touched our
heads with a carved wooden thing in his hand painted black and
gold. Before we left we were given a handful of Holy Water.
This Temple is a place for guidance. I think because it houses
the Buddha of Compassion it is especially a place locals bring
their newborns. Several locals were there with their babies
for blessing and naming. They bring food; eggs, oil, etc as
offerings. The Monk names the child.
We walk out of the Temple clockwise and spin the prayer wheels
on all sides.
The exclusive nature of the Buddist Temple certainly will not