Peace At Cherry

  • The concept of Peace Flags is based on the 2,000-year-old Tibetan Prayer Flags tradition. For Tibetan Buddhists, these hanging flags represented prayers that were carried by the wind to bring blessings to all. By using woodblocks to carve the designs, the “prayers” were transferred to cloth for display. They hung the flags over mountain passes and rivers to benefit all who would pass underneath.

    The Cherry Avenue students learned that the use of colors held significance for the five elements: blue for sky or space; white for air or clouds; red for fire; green for water and yellow for earth. The students also learned about the two styles of prayer flags: horizontal ones, called Lung ta (Wylie: rlung-rta, meaning "Wind Horse") in Tibetan, and vertical ones, called Darchor (Wylie: dar-lcog, meaning "flagstaff").

    Art Teacher Robin Laxton encouraged passers-by to “enjoy these artful creations of peace, made by the peacemakers at Cherry.”