You may have seen colorful rectangular pieces of cloth hung near doorways or between trees. The block-printed flags are tied vertically or horizontally aligned on ropes, poles, or walls. These are Tibetan prayer flags with a specific purpose: to usher compassion, prosperity, kindness, and goodwill with the wholesome intention to all.
Must you be an ordained Buddhist monk or nun to hang the prayer flags? No, non-Buddhists and Buddhists are welcome to display the prayer flags. The intention behind hanging the flags means everything.
Inscribed on the block-printed flags, typically handmade and a fair-trade good from Nepal, includes mantras, imagery, and sutras seeped in the Buddhist tradition. If Buddhism is a religion filled with ceremony and rituals unbeknownst to you, fear not: you do not need to shave your head and give away all your possessions to live meaningfully or be mindful.