The traditional Sung 'Khor

 A Tibetan amulet or Sung ‘Khor (literally meaning ‘protection chakra’) is a protective amulet made and blessed by Tibetan Monks for the faithful. Tibetans wear amulets as a blessing for a journey or good health. They are made from paper containing a mandala and mantra A mandala is a diagram, a symbolic map, representing the universe. A mantra is sacred utterance believed to have psychological and spiritual powers, akin to a prayer. The paper is folded inward making images and texts invisible. Sometimes protective herbs are enclosed. Colourful threads are warped around the folded paper in a decorative pattern. The amulets are worn around the neck or placed inside one’s pocket. 

The contemporary amulet

My contemporary versions are based on the traditional Tibetan concept. The paper will contain a text relevant to the intended person. This can be a prayer, an affirmation, appreciative, or loving words. You can also opt to have the universal mantra; ‘om mani padme om’  enclosed. The paper is folded inwards making the text invisible. Coloured threads associated with the text will be used to wrap the paper. I will infuse the amulet with the grounding energy from the earth and activate the text using a technique I learned as part of an energy healing modality.

The healing power of positive thoughts

Japanese scientist Masaru Emoto (1943 –2014) claimed that human consciousness has an effect on the molecular structure of water. Through photography he showed how pure water can form beautiful geometrical patterns and polluted water can’t. He also showed how polluted water exposed to positive thoughts, or prayers can be ‘healed’ and once again form beautiful geometrical crystals. The human body consist of mainly water. So why not wear a positive, appreciative words close to your body and let the its essence have a positive effect on you. Image: Water exposed to the word 'peace'y Dr. Emoto.

Jewellery of impermanence

Letting go of attachments is very much part of Tibetan philosophy. Jewellery is often made from precious metals, expected to last forever, and is expensive, all reasons to become deeply attached. These amulets are made of impermanent materials and will one day disintegrate. I encourage owners to trust that, when that happens, the text is no longer needed, and thus can be let go of. The amulet will have served its purpose.

My first amulet

I first came across a Tibetan amulet in a Tibetan monastery in Ladakh, India. I spotted a monk inside a Monastery through a window who was making them. I was fascinated and was allowed to purchase one. Many years later, when the threads started to come undone, I decided to cut it open. I was curious to see what was inside. As I unfolded the paper a complex mandala print revealed itself. The dye of the threads had in places been transferred onto the paper by my sweat. Holes had appeared on the corners of the folded paper. I loved the ‘artwork’ that was created by time. This amulet was approximately 55 x 55mm.

The monk that taught me

Many years after I bought my first amulet I visited the Great Stupa in Boudha, Nepal. I met Sajan, a monk making much smaller amulets. He was selling the amulets, mainly to tourist, to support his sister and her daughter. I helped him select colour combination that would more appealing to western tourist. Whenever I was with him he would sell, so he was keen to have my company. And so a friendship developed. He showed me how to make sung ‘khor. I lost this video, but later found a poor cloned copy on Youtube, but glad it is still visible :).

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  1. Choose text: Which text do you want on the inside of your amulet? An affirmation, a prayer, a positive thought? You can also opt for the universal mantra: "Om mani padme on" in Tibetan script enclosed.
  2. Choose colours: Choose colours for the treads from the chart below. You must choose 2 main colours and 1 edge colour. Use codes from the colour chart. Colours are only an indication as each devise displays colours differently. Perfect colour match is therefor impossible. Cord colour will be standard black. Use the chart below to choose your colours.
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Travel tip

The great stupa of Boudha has a mandala as its floor plan. It is situated on the outskirts of Kathmandu. It is a magical place that is one of my favourite ‘homes’ in the world. The stupa is the center of the Tibetan community in exile in Nepal, numerous stunning monasteries dot the area surrounding the stupa. The stupa itself is the focus of devotees and pilgrims that come from afar. The daily rituals that take place are just wonderful to observe. For example, every morning and evening devotees circumambulate the stupa in great numbers. One can just join them as then walk and mumble their mantras, or gossip, or shop their way along the half-mile long wall surrounding the stupa. One does not be religious or Tibetan to benefit, just allow yourself to absorb the local energy. If you ever visit Kathmandu, go and stay near the stupa rather than in the highly touristy Thamel district. It is not far from the airport and you will leave wit a smile on your face.