- a wheel or cylinder inscribed with or containing prayers, used chiefly by Buddhists of Tibet.
Origin of prayer wheel
Examples from the Web for prayer wheel
That fellow has a Joss in his cabin, and very likely a prayer-wheel; but he's a capital cook.In the High Valley
He may have thought it was a species of Christian prayer-wheel.To Lhassa at Last
The soldier during the performance revolved his prayer-wheel with his free hand, praying fervently all the while.In the Forbidden Land
Arnold Henry Savage Landor
With his free hand the soldier during the performance revolved his prayer-wheel, praying fervently all the while.An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet
A. Henry Savage Landor
I invaded the sanctuary and demanded the ancient tomes and magic tables, also the prayer-wheel—the sextant, I mean.The Cruise of the Snark
- Buddhism (esp in Tibet) a wheel or cylinder inscribed with or containing prayers, each revolution of which is counted as an uttered prayer, so that such prayers can be repeated by turning it
In Buddhism, a cylinder with prayers written on it. The prayer wheel is turned by some worshipers during prayer, or the turning may be used as a substitute for spoken prayers.