The Power of Faith: The Purpose of Praying and Crawling of Tibetans


Praying and crawling is one of the most sincere ways to pray for the Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims.When the Tibetan...

Praying and crawling is one of the most sincere ways to pray for the Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims.

When the Tibetan pilgrims crawl on their knees, it means their body is respecting Buddha. The Buddhist Scripture they recite means their language is respecting the Buddha. They keep thinking about Buddha, which means their mind is respecting the Buddha. Altogether, it is united.

There are three types of kowtow, the long-distance type means they need to kowtow praying and crawling along the road may be sand, rocks, ice or snow toward the destination for thousands of miles. It may take months or even years. This may expose travelers to the cold and may require them to sleep out in the open. They pray and crawl in the daytime and stop at night.

The second type of kowtow is the short-distance. It takes hours or half a month. The third one is kowtow and pray on the spot.

When praying and crawling, one must put his or her palms together devoutly which means the instruction of Buddha is understood. Touch the forehead, mouth and chest which means the body, the language and mind is integrated into Buddha.

The Tibetan pilgrims think that during the whole life of practice Buddhism, there must be at least 100,000 times of kowtow praying and crawling with barefoot. Also there is a more difficult way to do it.

Some pilgrims face the temple. Every time after kowtow they move their body which equal to the body width. They kowtow around the temple for 2,000 times which is about 1 kilometer in circumference. Their palms and knees are usually bleeding under these circumstances.

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