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The Mystical Arts of Tibet

The Eight Auspicious Symbols of Tibetan Buddhism

These eight symbols appear often in Tibetan religious art. They are particularly prevalent in sand mandalas and are believed to be the symbolic representation of the transient universe.

The Precious Parasol

gives protection from all evil.

The White Conch Shell

represents the fame of the Buddha’s teachings that spread in all directions like the sound of the conch shell.

The Two Golden Fish

symbolize beings saved from the ocean of earthly life and suffering.

The Knot of Eternity

represents the inter-twining of wisdom and compassion, the perfection of knowledge.

The Vase of Great Treasures

traditional symbol of good fortune representing the perfect nature of the dharma, longevity and prosperity.

The Victory Banner

signifies the victory of the enlightened teachings, knowledge over ignorance, overcoming all hindrances and the attainment of happiness.

The Lotus Flower

is one of Buddhism’s most significant symbols. It is a symbol of enlightenment and mental purity. The lotus has its roots in mud, but blossoms into a beautiful flower. Similarly, though an individual may be impure, there is the potential to gain enlightenment and the perfect state.

The Eight Spoked Wheel

known as the Wheel of Dharma, represents the Noble Eightfold Path of the Buddhadharma. The wheel what leads to perfection.