Nyingma Centers sponsor a variety of Buddhist activities focusing on personal spiritual growth, establishment of Dharma in the West, publishing books in Tibetan and English, support of Tibetans in exile, and Buddhist cultural restoration projects in many parts of the world.

We are currently preparing traditional TIbetan Buddhist prayer wheels which contain mantras of peace, compassion and protection. These are installed at our local centers and also distributed to religious practitioners and monasteries at the annual World Peace Ceremony in Bodh Gaya, India.

This project is ideal for people interested in deepening a spiritual practice as well as for those simply exploring.

Opportunities are available for drop in volunteering as well as longer term residential programs.  By participating in this project, you can make a difference!  Prayer wheels are used in meditation practice to focus the mind and distribute positive energy throughout the world


What are Prayer Wheels?

Prayer wheels contain the words of the Buddha: teachings of wisdom and compassion. While the Buddha's discourses fill many volumes, they may also be condensed into syllables with deep symbolic meaning known as mantra. Tibetans recite these profound and inspiring texts to instill them in memory and promote the well­being of others. 

The Tibetan term "dharma wheel" has been rendered into English as "prayer wheel". Yet prayer wheels are much more than supplicants to a higher spirit. They can contain the full potency and meaning of the path to enlightenment.

Believing that turning dharma wheels filled with these texts and symbols is equivalent to reciting them, Tibetans place dharma wheels in monasteries, temples, and libraries and turn them at every opportunity to convey the blessings of compassion and harmony, prevent natural disasters, and promote peace in the world. Although dharma wheels were known in ancient India and Nepal, only in Tibet did they become an integral part of daily life. Today as in ages past, the dharma wheels are honored as symbols of enlightened knowledge, able to evoke the healing powers of the mind and increase its capacities for wisdom.

In recent years, the world has seen how quickly knowledge-even when valued and protected by an entire culture-can be brought to the brink of extinction. In response, we have made great efforts to preserve the cultural heritage of Tibet, including the intricate science of dharma wheels, which are in themselves ways of preserving and disseminating the benefits of enlightened knowledge. Having created more than a thousand 4 foot high wheels for our own organization and donated 100,000 of the hand-held wheels to individuals in the Himalayan region, we have come to share the view that dharma wheels have a calming and healing influence on the environment and human beings, qualities greatly needed in our world today.



Prayer Wheels for World Peace
1815 Highland Place . Berkeley . CA 94709
510 . 540 . 7639