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About Mani Wheels

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Tibetan Buddhists believe that saying the mantra (prayer) Om Mani Padme Hum, invites the blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion.

They also believe you can produce the same effect by spinning the written form of the mantra around in a prayer wheel (called "Mani wheels" by the Tibetans). The effect is said to be multiplied when more copies of the mantra are included, and spinning the Mani wheels faster increases the benefit as well.

His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, has said that having the mantra on your computer works the same as a traditional Mani wheel. As the digital image spins around on your hard drive, it sends the peaceful prayer of compassion to all directions and purifies the area.

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About this program

This program have two main modes and two internal textures.

You can enable or disable use of specular image in no-transparent mode. You can change height, radius, shinines, distance and speed of rotating. Also you can draw own textures in RGB format. Please send me your complete textures for distribution.


Add either of these strings to $HOME/.xscreensaver after the line that starts with "programs:"

  GL:  "Maniwheel"      /usr/local/bin/maniwheel -root                       \n\
  GL:  "Maniwheel"      /usr/local/bin/maniwheel -root -no-transparent       \n\
  GL:  "Maniwheel"      /usr/local/bin/maniwheel -root -no-transparent       \
                        -no-specular-image                                   \n\

Certainly, you must change path "/usr/local/bin/" to your path. Also you can use other maniwheel options (see manpage)

If program work slowly, then possible you need setup Direct Rendering Interface (DRI).
DRI User Guide


You can download latest maniwheel sources from


Dedication of Merit

May this program bring all beings the only lasting joy, that of knowing mind.