The Eight Auspicious Symbols of Tibetan Buddhism

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 that spread in all directions awakening disciples from the deep slumber of ignorance and urged them to accomplish their own and others' welfare

The Two Golden Fish symbolize the auspiciousness of all living beings in a state of fearlessness, without danger of drowning in the ocean of sufferings, and migrating from place to place freely and spontaneously, just as fish swim freely without fear through water.

 

The Knot of Eternity represents the intertwining of wisdom and great compassion, the perfection of knowledge.

The Vase of Great Treasures is a traditional symbol of good fortune representing an endless rain of long life, wealth and prosperity and all the benefits of this world and liberation.

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 Dharma Wheel represents the Noble Eightfold Path of the Buddhadharma. It symbolizes the turning of the precious wheel of Buddha's doctrine, both in its teachings and realizations, enabling beings to experience the joy of wholesome deeds and liberation.


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