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Buddhist Merit in Wind Power

12/22/05 | by steveg [mail] | Categories: WiFi

People would recognize my apartment by the colorful Tibetan prayer flags flapping around my balcony. The idea is that the wind blows through the blessings on the flags and carries them to everyone along the way.

Well, continuing to review my old technical magazines, I found this quote in a news item in the February 2004 IEEE Spectrum magazine. (IEEE is professional society for electrical engineers.) It is about the proliferation of windmill farms to generate electricity, including some proposed in Freedom Tower of the World Trade Center site.

There also is some notion, inspired by Tibetan Buddhism, of incorporating cylinders containing mantras or prayers written on thin paper into the turbine systems.

That might add to the benefits of wind generated power as well as bringing some spiritual solace for the survivors of 9/11.

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Comment from: Tina [Visitor]
TinaIEEE is suggesting this!? Are you sure!? Boy, has the world changed since I was an engineering undergraduate. Thank you for sharing this little news item.

As I twirl the Tibetan prayer wheel that dangles from my necklace this morning, I'm thinking about you and all those other double-Es with such lofty spiritual visions!
12/23/05 @ 07:43
Comment from: steveg [Member] Email
stevegTina,
IEEE is only reporting this, not suggesting. As a NY native with many friends in "Da City" I'm not a bit surprised that this minor extra cost expense is requested. Believe it or not there is a very lively, active, and sincere spiritual community in NYC, Trump and his apprentice wannabes withstanding.
12/23/05 @ 08:30