At that day
I raised the sacred boulder piles,
Not to accumulate virtue
But to cast stones to the lake
Of your heart
At that month
I turned all the prayer wheels round
Not to release soul from suffering
But to touch the fingerprints
You left on them
At that year
I crawled forward with my head in the dust of the mountain road,
Not to make obeisance
But to feel the warmth you left on ground…
At that life
I spent all the time walking over mountains, rivers, and stupas
Not to seek rebirth
But to meet you along the way…
(Written by Tsangyang Gyatso, the sixth Dali Lama)
In August 2015，after two years of construction, one of the largest fixed Tibetan prayer wheel group has started its practice in Tazi temple, located in Seda county, Sichuan province of China.
This giant wheel group consists of 108 prayer wheels which are around the temple. Each prayer wheel has 1.75 meters high and 1 meter in diameter. With the purpose to improve the print quality and quantity of the Buddhist sutras, a special flexo printing process was applied. What’s more, the huge prayer wheels are driven by the electrical motor. Each day they can finish 27 billion times chanting sutras which equals 1 billion people to chant the sutras for 200,000 times. This large-scale project creating a precedent for prayer wheels construction is destined to become an indelible mark in the religious history.
Behind this construction, there is a story of KML.
In the early morning of June 3rd, Mr. Feng, KML President, received an urgent call from a business partner in Singapore. He was requested to fill an order with a very short time line due to his previous supplier fail to keep promise. The previous bearing supplier could not provide the bearings on schedule and the project’s deadline was approaching. The situation was very pressed. On one hand, the amount of the needed bearings is huge even if gathering all of inventory in Singapore could not meet the demand. On another hand, the prayer wheel group must be completed in August required by living Buddha. Moreover, this prayer group is critical part of anlarge religious ceremony in October. In the special circumstances, President Feng rapidly organized the R&D, purchasing and logistics department together to make a detailed plan to meet customer’s expectation. Given the chilly weather and dusty environment, KML designed to apply the completely sealed single row radial ball bearings with special low-temperature grease instead of the original open type of 6018 and 721BTN bearings. Upon received the confirmation from the customer, KML initiated its emergency response procedure to fulfill the special order. Two weeks after the phone call, 120 pairs modified bearings have been assembled to the prayer wheels before the schedule and the solemn ceremony was held on time.
Within the unforgettable two weeks, various KML departments worked as a whole has made its heroic efforts to accomplish the task. This project is just one of the examples to carry out KML’s commitment on social responsibility. Indeed, KML holds hands with people who pray and practice for a better world. Let’s Keep Moving Long.
A prayer wheel is a cylindrical wheel (Tibetan: འཁོར་, Wylie: ‘khor) on a spindle made from metal, wood, stone, leather or coarse cotton. Traditionally, the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is written in Sanskrit on the outside of the wheel. Also sometimes depicted are Dakinis, Protectors and very often the 8 auspicious symbols Ashtamangala. At the core of the cylinder is a “Life Tree” often made of wood or metal with certain mantras written on or wrapped around it. Many thousands (or in the case of larger prayer wheels, millions) of mantras are then wrapped around this life tree. The Mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is most commonly used, but other mantras may be used as well. According to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition based on the lineage texts regarding prayer wheels, spinning such a wheel will have much the same meritorious effect as orally reciting the prayers.