In the early summer of 1980, while His Holiness, the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa was visiting Boulder, Colorado, I had the good fortune to be his personal seamstress. One morning he called me into his sitting room at Marpa House and showed me three small coloured pencil sketches of a flag. He told me (through a translator) that he had dreamed that “wherever this flag was flown, the Dharma would flourish". He asked me to make one.
Flags flutter like
the Dorje Kasung are the caretakers of the “colours” or flags, and are
responsible for their ceremonial raising and lowering. However, in the absence of trained kasung, it
is still appropriate to fly the colours.
flags may be flown daily:
flags should only be flown on certain occasions:
The order of
the flags will vary depending on your location, the number of flagpoles, and
the occasion, but these general guidelines apply:
If none of
them are present: