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The 8 Auspicious Symbols
in Tibetan Buddhism
The Eight Auspicious Symbols is the most famous set of symbols in Tibetan Buddhism.
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Short explanation of the Tibetan Symbols of Luck:
The Endless Knot (or Eternal Knot) has no beginning and no end.
The Lotus, PADMA in Tibetan, symbolizes spiritual purity. The Lotus Flower always refers to many aspects of the path, as it grows from the mud (samsara), it appears clean on the surface (purification), and finally produces a beautiful flower (enlightenment).
The Treasure Vase with flaming jewels pours forth an endless nectar of long life, health, wealth, prosperity and other benefits in this world
The White Conch Shell stands for the deep and far reaching and melodious sound of the Dharma (the teachings of the Buddha).
Pair of Fishes
The Pair of Golden Fishes represent spiritual release from the suffering in samsara (the ever continuing cycle of death and rebirth, under the influence of our ignorance, karma and disturbing emotions such as attachment and anger).
The Parasol (or Umbrella) is a symbol for both protection and royalty.
Sometimes people confuse the Parasol for the Victory Banner or vice versa, as at first sight they might look alike but do substantially differ from each other.
The Victory Banner symbolizes the victory of the positive teachings of the Buddha over the negative forces of ignorance, disharmony and other negativities in this world.
The Golden Wheel, or Dharma Wheel, has 8 spokes and represents the ‘Noble Eightfold Path’: right view, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelyhood, right effort, right mindfullness and right concentration.
As the wheel of the Dharma is being turned it awakens the Buddha potential present in all sentient beings.
Carmen regularly offers classes on drawing & painting the Eight Tibetan Buddhist Symbols