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The eight auspicious symbols of Tibetan Buddhism appear often in Tibetan religious art and are believed to be the symbolic representation of the transient universe. Many say that these signify the gifts that God made to the Buddha when he achieved nirvana. The Precious Parasol is believed to provide protection from all evil. It symbolizes the wholesome activity of preserving beings from illness, harmful forces, obstacles and so forth in this life. It also represents the enjoyment of a feast of benefit under its cool shade. The White Conch Shell, which coils to the right, symbolizes the deep, far-reaching and melodious sound of the Dharma teachings...
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