"Nepal: Prayer Wheels"

The concept of the prayer wheel is a physical manifestation of the phrase "turning the wheel of Dharma," which describes the way in which the Buddha taught. According to the lineage texts on prayer wheels, prayer wheels are used to accumulate wisdom and merit (good karma) and to purify negativities (bad karma).The benefits attributed to the practice of turning the wheel are vast. Not only does it help wisdom, compassion and bodhichitta arise in the practitioner, it also enhances siddhis (spiritual powers such as clairvoyance, precognition, reading others thoughts, etc.).

Though I am not a practitioner of Buddhism, I have always been drawn to pagodas for their calming energy. My experience in Nepal seems to have a been a series of prayers, turning, wheels of thought spun into a journey. It's a voyage of sound, as much as prayer.

Shooting: Isabelle Carbonell
Editing: Sarah Cannon