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Alchemical Wisdom in the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism

Siddhartha Gautama, the original “Buddha” recorded in history said, symbols and idols were a distraction from the revealing of truth.

Modern day religions, including Buddhism, ignore these words and have since created gigantic symbols and idols. In parts of Asia, Buddha statues stand, or lie, over 100 metres tall!

Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand

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The Symbolic Meaning of the Dharma Wheel in Buddhism

The Dharma Wheel is a core symbol of Buddhist teaching. Together with the lotus flower, it is the most commonly used symbol and found in every Buddhist temple, shrine and monument.

Golden statue of the dharma wheel, Thailand

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The Symbolic Meaning of the Victory Banner in Buddhism

The victory banner is a symbol in Tibetan Buddhism that celebrates enlightenment. More precisely it represents the stage of higher consciousness when an individual has mastered their emotions.

Victory Banner, Pha That Luang, Laos

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The Symbolic Meaning of The Umbrella in Buddhism

Buddha with Umbrella symbolism, Luang Prabang, Laos

According to mainstream Buddhism, the Umbrella or Parasol is a symbol of protection from illness, obstacles, harmful energies and suffering experienced in the three lower realms of existence. Continue reading The Symbolic Meaning of The Umbrella in Buddhism

The Three Jewels of Buddhism in Everyday Life

The Three Jewels symbol
In this image, the symbol for the three jewels of Buddhism is shown in blue

Before you can be formally recognised as a Buddhist, initiates are encouraged to “take refuge” in the Three Jewels of Buddhism. But in reality, monkhood is not necessary.

However, it is central to monastic ordination ceremonies and initiates are require to have a master. This is purely for guidance. The three jewels is not typically something you can teach yourself.

But becoming a Buddhist monk is not easy; there are strict rules to follow. Most monasteries rise at 3.30 or 4am to pray to Buddha. Monks eat two meals a day, and not after 12pm. They promise not to harm any living creatures (including pesky mosquitos) and must abstain from sex, alcohol and mind enhancing drugs. Continue reading The Three Jewels of Buddhism in Everyday Life