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Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism Explained

Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism Explained

Ashtamangala is a set of eight Auspicious symbols in Buddhism. Closely associated with religions, these symbols are not for aesthetic purposes only. Here are quick explanation of 8 auspicious symbols of Buddhism.

The Eternal Knot

The endless or eternal knot as the name indicates is a weaving line without ending or beginning. It presents interconnectedness, cause, and effect. Some people these days see this symbol similar with the concept of karma. You reap what you sow. Or whatever you did in the past affects you now and whatever you do now affect you in the future.

The Eternal Knot without beginning or ending
The Eternal Knot without beginning or ending

The Vase

The treasure vase presents health, prosperity, longevity, and luck. This vase is believed to carry the infinite teachings of Buddha. No matter how many teachings He shared to his fellows, the lessons would never be lessened.

The vase of Buddha's teachings
The vase of Buddha’s teachings

Lotus Flower

Lotus is surely the most beautiful symbols in the list. It is born from the roots in the mud. It grows through the muddy waters until the day it finally reached the air. There, the lotus flower continues to rise above the water to blossom in the prime of beauty. The lotus symbol reminds us to pluck up our courage and face the fear and challenges in life.

Lotus flower is among the Eight Auspicious Symbols
“Be like a lotus. Let the beauty of your heart speak. Be grateful to the mud, water, air and the light.”
― Amit Ray

Two Golden Fish

The two golden fish in eight auspicious symbols present good luck. It tells us that if we live our life as a nice and kind man with good behavior, there will be no fear of getting drown (figuratively?)

The two golden fish symbol in eight Auspicious symbols
The two golden fish

The Parasol

Among the eight auspicious symbols, the Parasol is the symbol of protection. The umbrella symbolizes the sky offering the shadow to the earth. The shadow here is the shadow of protection. It is a shield against negative vibes and sufferings in our life full of sorrow.

The parasol symbol of protection
The parasol symbol of protection

The Conch Shell

The Conch Shell refers to the sound of enlightenment. It awakes those who are stuck in ignorance and guides them to the land of good actions and enlightenment.

The Call of Enlightenment
The Call of Enlightenment

The Dharma Wheel

Eight spikes radiating out as if they are protecting the central point. The spikes present Eight-Fold Path – the Path to Enlightenment. It is a reminder of practicing pure intentions, ethical conduct, and mental discipline.

A golden dharma wheel and deer sculptures on the sacred Jokhang Temple roof, Barkhor Square
A golden dharma wheel and deer sculptures on the sacred Jokhang Temple roof, Barkhor Square

Victory Banner

Buddha received the Banner of Victory when He triumphed Mara the Demon that presented fear and death. It symbolizes victory of Buddha’s teachings over fear, ignorance, and death.

Banner of Victory - Victory over Ignorance, Fear, and Death
Banner of Victory – Victory over Ignorance, Fear, and Death

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