Tibetan prayer flags, depicting the historical Buddha Shakyamuni and his mantra OM MUNI MUNI MAHA MUNI SAKYA MUNIYE SWOHA. Prayer flags are hung in countries with a Buddhist culture, such as Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan, so that the positive energy of the image and mantra is spread through the air for prosperity, protection and healing.
Who is the Shakyamuni Buddha? Shakyamuni Buddha symbolises the enlightened quality of spirit, which all living beings can attain. He symbolizes also all qualities one can think of, in a perfect and pure expression. By way of mental training, shortcomings of the human existence can be overcome, and which remains is the enlightened spirit. Everyone can reach this state - Sakyamuni Buddha has demonstrated this, and passed this on to us. Thus, his picture is very popular and is mostly used to remind us of these enlightened qualities, and to develop those.