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Earn good karma spinning Buddhist prayer wheels set in a long wall. Add your own prayer to the huge prayer wheel and spin it!

Mani Temple is an interactive art installation designed to expand participants' compassion through the use of Buddhist prayer wheels. According to tradition, each rotation of a prayer wheel activates the mantras (prayers) the wheel contains -- unleashing blessings for the person spinning the wheel, their community, and the world.

Mani Temple extends the philosophy behind prayer wheels by providing a large 6' tall community prayer wheel into which participants can deposit their own prayers and intentions. Thereafter, whenever someone spins the community wheel, each rotation activates all the prayers within. Mani Temple underscores that we are all one, that all our prayers, hopes and dreams are intertwined, and that even small gestures of support for one another elevate us all.

In addition to the large community prayer wheel, Mani Temple also includes 60 traditional Buddhist prayer wheels set, as they often are at Buddhist temples, in a long wall. Participants can spin the 30 hand-powered wheels in the lower row to activate the mantras inscribed on them and unleash their blessings. The upper row has 30 wheels with scoops to catch the wind, and even a gentle breeze will set them in motion. It is believed the wind that turns these wheels is blessed by the power of the prayer wheels to purify the negative karma of any being the wind subsequently touches. Given the windy conditions of Burning Man, it is fun to imagine how much good karma this will send blowing across the playa to find its way to those who need it most!

About Buddhist Prayer Wheels

Buddhist prayer wheels have the mantra (prayer) "Om Mani Padme Hum" inscribed on them in Sanskrit. According to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, each rotation of a prayer wheel has much the same meritorious effect as orally reciting the mantra. "Om Mani Padme Hum" might be translated as something like "the jewel is in the lotus." The Dalai Lama has explained that the "jewel" symbolizes the altruistic intention to become enlightened, to have compassion, and to love, while the "lotus" symbolizes wisdom. Thus from wisdom comes love, compassion, and enlightenment. Spinning a prayer wheel is believed to accumulate wisdom and good karma, and to purify bad karma. Learn more on Wikipedia.

Rewards

Below are pictures of the rewards available for backing Mani Temple. We don't have a photo of the handheld prayer wheel just yet, but it's coming!

Watercolor painting illustrating one of the wall sections. This image is one of the choices for the "Art Print" reward.
Watercolor painting illustrating one of the wall sections. This image is one of the choices for the "Art Print" reward.
Another view of the hand wheel offered for the "Prayer Wheel, Hand Powered" reward. Dust mask not included.
Another view of the hand wheel offered for the "Prayer Wheel, Hand Powered" reward. Dust mask not included.
Another view of the wind wheel offered for the "Prayer Wheel, Wind Powered" reward. Dust mask shown for scale only.
Another view of the wind wheel offered for the "Prayer Wheel, Wind Powered" reward. Dust mask shown for scale only.
We're still making the big community prayer wheel! This photo shows Henry working on the bottom half of the wheel. It will be painted in a style similar to the hand and wind powered prayer wheels, but much more elaborate and decorative.
We're still making the big community prayer wheel! This photo shows Henry working on the bottom half of the wheel. It will be painted in a style similar to the hand and wind powered prayer wheels, but much more elaborate and decorative.

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    Preloaded Prayer -- Provide a prayer of your own to be added to the community prayer wheel before Burning Man begins. Perfect if you can't attend, as a gift for a friend who won't be going, or if you want your prayer inside for every rotation the wheel makes!

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    Art Print -- Your choice of an 8"x10" full color print. Choose either a print of the watercolor illustrating a single wall section OR a stunning photo of Mani Temple taken at Burning Man. Backers will help choose the photo! Delivery within U.S. included. (This reward level also includes a Preloaded Prayer.)

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    Handheld Prayer Wheel -- Your own handheld Buddhist prayer wheel featuring the Mani Temple logo. Crafted from a 3" diameter recycled candy tin and mounted on a steel handle. Delivery within U.S. included. (This reward level also includes a Preloaded Prayer and Art Print.)

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    Prayer Wheel, Hand Powered -- Receive one of the actual prayer wheels from the Mani Temple installation after Burning Man! These hand-powered steel wheels are 18" tall and 8" in diameter, hand-painted with durable exterior enamel paint. Wheels float on magnetic bearings for long spinning action to generate maximum karma. Some playa wear and tear should be expected, but they will remain beautiful handmade works of art. Delivery within U.S. included. (This reward level also includes a Preloaded Prayer and Art Print.)

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    Prayer Wheel, Wind Powered -- Receive one of the actual prayer wheels from the Mani Temple installation after Burning Man! These wind-powered wheels are made from large recycled food cans about 6" in diameter and ranging from 6-9" tall. The wind scoops add 3" of height and have a diameter of about 10". The wheels are hand-painted with durable exterior enamel paint. Wheels float on magnetic bearings for long spinning action to generate maximum karma. Some playa wear and tear should be expected, but they will remain beautiful handmade works of art. Delivery within U.S. included. (This reward level also includes a Preloaded Prayer and Art Print.)

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    Community Prayer Wheel -- Receive the large communal prayer wheel that serves as the focal point of the Mani Temple installation and holds all the community's prayers! This lovingly built steel wheel is 6' tall and 4' in diameter. Some playa wear and tear should be expected, but it will remain a beautiful handmade work of art. It comes with the axle shaft and upper and lower flange bearings. Available for pickup in the San Diego area after Burning Man. Area delivery may be possible. (This reward level also includes a Preloaded Prayer and Art Print.)

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