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Buddhist symbols

Buddhist symbols

For many centuries, Buddhist symbols have been used to represent the faith of certain groups , as well as their religious beliefs. Buddhism has been the main religion to use these symbols, so well known, for transmit their beliefs .

One of the most prominent Buddhist symbols is the great Buddha , which in turn contains minor Buddhist symbols recorded on it, such as the three curved lines that are around its neck, which symbolizes the deep voice and resonant .

We show you the 10 most auspicious Buddhist symbols of this culture that originated in India and used to represent a whole culture and religion.

The ten symbols of Buddhism

Within the Buddhist culture there is a whole mythology and a symbology that is typical of the practitioners of this millenary religion, among the main 10 are the following:

Lotus flower

One of the most beautiful flowers but that in turn hides a dark side, with roots that grow deeply, just in the water mud, which means that of the most pasty mud can leave a stem that produces a splendid flower.

The lotus is a symbol of the nature of the human being that means that from the darkest places you can reach a luminous end . Lotus flower is not only a very important Buddhist symbol in itself, but the different colors also have their own meaning:

  • red : This represents the heart, love and compassion.
  • Rosa : This represents the historical Buddha.
  • purple : This represents mysticism.
  • blue : This represents wisdom, as well as the control of the senses.

The eight auspicious symbols

This group of eight symbols is known in Sanskrit as "Ashtamangala" ; Ashta means eight and mangala is meaning of promising . Each of these symbols is related to the Buddha, especially in its physical form, which is drawn intricately.

These offerings symbolized the offerings that were made to the Buddha by the other gods after he found the lighting. These symbols are used in different Buddhist schools and are used in the midst of meditation.

The parasol

Although it seems a slightly banal symbol, parasol has an important meaning within Buddhism, on the one hand provides protection and on the other hand symbolizes royalty . So it is also believed that protects people from diseases .

It is also representation of the wisdom that Buddhists and compassion can possess that goes by the hand of this great religion.

The two golden fishes

These two golden fish are representation of the ganges rivers and yamuna and that has become the symbol of the good fortune for the Buddhists, as well as for other cultures such as hunters and Hindus.

As part of this symbology, the two golden fish also tells practitioners that all humans who follow the Dharma should not fear that they drown in the "ocean of suffering", and that they can be reborn in the host of their choice.

The conch shell

the shell This shell symbol was used long before belonging to the Buddhist culture. It was used as battle horn in Asia, for Hinduists, the white shell, represented the Brahmín caste.

For the Buddhist the white shell, with a coil on the right, is a representation of the sound of the scope of the Dharma , which has the purpose of making us see our ignorance and do something about it .

The vase

It is said that Buddha's teachings are endless and are contained inside the vase , along with precious and sacred treasures. No matter how many treasures are removed from this vase the always will remain full. The vase also symbolizes the long life and the prosperity .

The victory banner

is the symbol of the Victoria that managed to reach the Buddha over the Mara domain and what it represents (lijuria, passion, pride and fear). It also represents the victory of wisdom over ignorance . The legend says that this flag of victory was raised on Mount Meru by Buddha himself, to symbolize his triumph.

The wheel of Dharma

has become one of the most emblematic Buddhist symbols, which is also known as the Dharma chakra. In order to understand this symbol you have to understand that there are eight radios that represent the multiple path .

When Buddha offered his first sermon after his lighting, the Dharma wheel became a symbol of the teachings about the void and the nature of Buddha.

The lion

In addition to the 8 auspicious symbols of Buddhism, there is another important symbol, the lion, which represents the real Buddha . It is also a symbol of the power of Buddha's teachings, since they are considered as powerful as the roar of a lion.

The eternal knot

The eternal knot is done with a single line or thread , which are intertwined in a closed pattern. This pattern represents the dependence on the original and the union of all phenomena .

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