are inscribed with auspicious symbols, invocations, prayers, and mantras.
Tibetan Buddhists for centuries have planted these flags outside their homes and places of spiritual practice for the wind to carry the beneficent vibrations across the countryside.
For many years, long after the Serenity Prayer became attached to the very fabric of the Fellowship's life and thought, its exact origin, its actual author, have played a tantalizing game of hide and seek with researchers, both in and out of A. I honestly do believe that I wrote it myself." Early in World War II, with Dr. By then it had also been reprinted by the National Council of Churches, as well as Alcoholics Anonymous. Niebuhr was quite accurate in suggesting that the prayer may have been "spooking around" for centuries. "Some say it came from the early Greeks; others think it was from the pen of an anonymous English poet; still others claim it was written by an American Naval officer... The search for pinpointing origins of the prayer has been like the peeling of an onion. "In a rather dreary hall of a converted hotel, overlooking the Rhine at Koblenz," the correspondent wrote, is a tablet inscribed with the following words: These words were attributed, the correspondent wrote, to an 18th century pietist, Friedrich Oetinger (1702-1782). behavior of the soldier citizen in a democratic state." Here, at last, thought A. researchers, was concrete evidence-quote, author, date-of the Serenity Prayer's original source. But it also added more tantalizing facts about the plaque's origin.
Rheinhold Niebuhr, who recounted to interviewers on several occasions that he had written the prayer as a "tag line" to a sermon he had delivered on Practical Christianity. Niebuhr added at least a touch of doubt to his claim, when he told one interviewer, "Of course, it may have been spooking around for years, even centuries, but I don't think so. What are probably truly ancient, as with the above quote from Cicero, are the prayer's themes of acceptance, courage to change what can be changed and the free letting go of what is out of one's ability to change. Grapevine received a clipping of an article that had appeared in the Paris Herald Tribune, by the paper's correspondent in Koblenz, then in West Germany. Peter's research threw the authenticity of 18th century authorship out the window.
Balancing the elements internally brings health to the body and the mind. What is undisputed is the claim of authorship by the theologian Dr. member came across the Roman philosopher Cicero's Six Mistakes of Man, one of which reads: "The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected." No one has actually found the prayer's text among the writings of these alleged, original sources. Moreover, every time a researcher appears to uncover the definitive source, another one crops up to refute the former's claim, at the same time that it raises new, intriguing facts. He had written a book in which he had included the prayer, without attribution, but which resulted in the prayer's appearance in many different places, such as army officer's halls, schools and other institutions. Prayer flags are said to bring happiness, long life and prosperity to the flag planter and those in the vicinity.Dharma prints bear traditional Buddhist symbols, protectors and enlightened beings.