April 11, 2018

Perhaps one of the most important aspects of any religions, symbolism carries in itself rich meanings to connect humanity with their beliefs. Buddhism is no exception. Buddhist symbols are found everywhere around the world (especially Tibet), representing Buddha's teachings and blessings.

In this article, we're bring you the most significant and common Buddhist symbols.

1. The Endless Knot

The Endless Knot (or Eternal Knot) is among the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Tibetan Buddhism. It includes interlacing lines that form a beautiful never-ending loop.

The Endless Knot speaks a simple but mortal message: all things are interconnected. It emphasizes the balance between people and inside each individuals. Different people complements each other; opposite aspects make a complete person; compassion and wisdom are united.

A Silver Bracelet inspired by the Endless Knot

2. The Dharma Wheel

Widely considered the symbol of Buddhism, the Dharma Wheel represents the teachings of Buddha to reach the end of suffering. It has eight spokes, equivalent to Buddha’s Eightfold Path. The eight paths to liberation include:

1. Right understanding (Samma ditthi)
2. Right thought (Samma sankappa)
3. Right speech (Samma vaca)
4. Right action (Samma kammanta)
5. Right livelihood (Samma ajiva)
6. Right effort (Samma vayama)
7. Right mindfulness (Samma sati)
8. Right concentration (Samma samadhi)

Simply put, they are the perfection of moral conduct, mental discipline, and wisdom.

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The Dharma Wheel in Konark Sun Temple, India

3. The Vajra

The Vajra is a Buddhist tantric symbol representative of great spiritual power and firmness of spirit. Meaning both thunderbolt and diamond in Sanskrit, it symbolizes the attributes of both: indestructibility of diamond and irresistible force of thunderbolt.

In Tibetan Buddhism, the Vajra is used in ritual with bell. Together, Vajra and Bell mean Wisdom and Compassion (as well as the five perfections of Wisdom: generosity, morality, patience, perseverance and concentration).

A braided bracelet inspired by the Varja & Bell

4. Swastika

Contrary to usual Western interpretation as a Nazi sign, Swastika is an ancient symbol found in many civilizations, especially religions like Buddhism and Hinduism. The name comes from svasti - a Sanskrit meaning good fortune.

For Buddhists, Swastika symbolizes Buddha's auspicious footprints and heart. In Tibet, the Swastika was a graphical representation of eternity. Meanwhile, Indian Buddhists regard it as “The Seal on Buddha’s Heart.”

Swastika

Swastika symnbol


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