Earlier this year we were working through obstacles to finish the prayer wheel, mainly around sourcing microfilm for the final 2 trillion mantras. It was at this time that we received a message from Lama Zopa Rinpoche in regards to film and mantra printing. Rinpoche had just approved a brand new method of printing mantras on to film using nano technology, which would allow us to increase the number of mantras wound on to the wheel exponentially. Not only did Rinpoche approve this film’s usage, but he gifted 3 rolls (containing 6 trillion mantras) to Vajrapani with the advice to use this new nano film technology to finish our prayer wheel.
Rinpoche’s wishes from the start of this project was always to use “as many mani mantras as possible.” We spent the last 4 months re-engineering the contents and structure inside the prayer wheel to use this new film and are happy to share the new goal to make Lama Zopa’s wishes come true! When complete the wheel will contain 1500 rolls of nano film and total over 3 quadrillion (that’s 3,000 trillion) mani mantras!
sponsors a single roll of film, or 2 trillion mantras! We need 1500 people to donate this amount to reach the our goal!
sponsors 2 rolls of film – that’s 4 trillion mantras! Wow, wow, wow!
sponsors 3 rolls of film, or 6 trillion mantras! We only need 500 people to donate this amount to completely fill the prayer wheel!
Sample roll of nano film
a gift of this size buys almost 6 rolls of film, or 11.5 trillion mantras!
a gift of this size buys almost 14.5 rolls of film, or 29 trillion mantras. This is like sponsoring 1/100th of the film needed!
a gift of this size buys almost 29 rolls of film, or 58 trillion mantras!!! That would be 1/50 of the film needed!
In order to reach enlightenment for ourselves and all sentient beings, we need to remove obstacles, purify non-virtuous karma, and create merit.
A prayer wheel is a holy object filled with mantras (like om mani padme hum) and is there to bless the land, space, and everyone that turns this great wheel. Each turning of the prayer wheel, is equal to you reciting the total number of mantras that are inside the prayer wheel. Imagine how long it takes to say 1,000 ‘om mani padme hum’ mantras, let alone 1 million, 1 billion, 1 trillion, or 1 quadrillion mantras.
When finished, turning this prayer wheel one time will be the equivalent of saying 3 quadrillion mantras. Turning the prayer wheel one time will be the equivalent of saying mantras in retreat for 48 million years!
Want to know more about where your donation will go? While most of the money raised will buy the nano film and mantras, there are some other tasks still to be finished. The mandala house that holds the prayer wheel needs its final paintings and sculptures. The grounds need to be improved for accessibility, drainage, and beautification. Here is a break down of remaining costs to complete the prayer project:
Remaining funds to raise: $517,500
In 1999 our Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, gifted Vajrapani Institute a magnificent 10’ tall, traditional copper prayer wheel from Nepal. His advice was to fill the prayer wheel with “gazillions” of mantras, or in other words, as many mani mantras as possible.
Looking at the most advanced technology of the time, which was microfilm, we created and engineered plans to build a prayer wheel housing over 3 trillion mantras of great compassion – the mantra OM MANI PADME HUM. We spent the years engineering and constructing the mandala abode which would house this great prayer wheel. Given our location, in California, the engineering was even more difficult as we needed to make sure the final weight (over 18,000 lbs) would withstand erosion and earthquakes. After many structural engineering iterations, we were ready to break ground!
For the next 5 years we would finish the phase 1 construction. We completed the mandala abode and the core, inner elements of the prayer wheel including the reinforced central column, bearings, sky and earth mandalas. Finally we were ready for the mantras to be rolled onto the central column.
From 2019 to 2021 we continued to get microfilm printed with hundreds of thousands of mantras. By the end of 2021 we finished phase 2 – rolling the first trillion mani mantras onto the wheel – one third of our original goal.
In 2020, the pandemic started, and by fall of 2021 we would feel the global impact of supply chain problems to the prayer wheel. The resources needed to make microfilm became scarcer, and therefore our printer was having increased obstacles to sourcing microfilm.
In January 2022, Lama Zopa contacted us to give the wonderful news that would remove our obstacles to sourcing film. For ten years a faithful student of Rinpoche’s, Venerable Drachom of Singapore, had been working on a new film technology that allows 1,000 times the number of mantras to be printed on a roll of film (compared to microfilm). This new technology, called nano film, was approved by Lama Zopa and he advised us to adjust our plans to this new medium for printing. His wish had always been to use “as many mani mantras as possible” to benefit beings.
Here we are today, in the final phase of the prayer wheel. We re-engineered the contents of the prayer wheel to use this new technology and in May 2022 we set the goal of using 1500 rolls of nano film, allowing our prayer wheel to contain over 3 quadrillion (3,000 trillion) mantras!
We would like to acknowledge all the donations and hard work so far on this holy object. Thanks to everyone’s donations thus far, we have completed all the structural engineering, the main interior painting of the mandala house, and filled over 1 trillion mantras on microfilm!
Thank you to everyone who has helped and donated over the past 20 years! We rejoice in all the merits created and look forward to finishing this astonishing holy object.