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Eight Treasure Symbolic Meaning

31 August 2020

The White Conch Right-Coiled:

The Right-coiled direction signifies the triumphant chorus of Dharma teachings; enabling enlightenment from ignorance to fulfil their Dharma destiny.

The White Conch Right-Coiled is believed to echo the celestial motion of the planetaries. It is a symbol for the fame of the Buddha's teaching, which spreads in all directions like the sound of the conch trumpet.


The Precious Umbrella:

The Precious Umbrella signifies the current preservation in the three lower realms: sickness, Naga, and obstacles. It also extends to the realms of men and gods in the future lives.

According to Tibetan Buddhism, there was once a very powerful deity emanated from the forehead of the Buddha, known as the White Umbrella Goddess. This Goddess protects against every form of black magic, and it is her white umbrella that signifies this protection.


The Victory Banner:

The Victory Banner signifies the victory of Buddhist Doctrine over one's body, speech, mind, obstacles, and negativities.

During early Buddhism, it was an emblem of the Buddha's enlightenment and believed to be at the summit of Mount Meru by Buddha himself.

The flag of victory also denotes Buddha's triumph over Mara, who personifies hindrances on the path to spiritual realization.


The Golden Fish:

The Golden Fish is an auspiciousness sign of all beings living freely without fear; originated from India based on two sacred rivers, the Ganga and the Yamuna, that signifies the human's lunar and solar channels.

The Golden Fishes represents fertility, abundance, conjugal fidelity, and unity. Carp is often the presentation for the Golden Fishes, because of its beauty, its size, and its long lifespan.


The Dharma Wheel:

The Dharma Wheel signifies the turning wheel of Buddha's doctrine, both in its teachings and realizations, for all realms and eternity. When in motion, the Dharma Wheels signify Buddha's teachings.

The first turning of the wheel after Buddha's enlightenment was the instruction on the four noble truths:

  • The Truth of Suffering
  • The Origin
  • The Ending
  • The Path that leads to the end of suffering

Note: The wheel denotes Man’s moral and the eight spokes of the wheel is the eight ways to a cessation of all sufferings. By placing the Dharma Wheel in one’s home is the best way of attaining lasting happiness.


The Auspicious Drawing:

The Auspicious Drawing signifies the union of wisdom and compassion; the inseparability of the Emptiness, the Path, and the Enlightenment

These associations surround the mystical knot with mysterious powers said to bring happiness and attainments.

The Endless Knot has no beginning or end, therefore symbolizes the infinite wisdom of the Buddha. As a secular symbol, it represents an assured continuity of love. The knot is also the infinity symbol shown thrice. The infinity symbol also corresponds to the symbol of 8.


The Lotus Flower:

The Lotus Flower signifies the purification and the blissful liberation of the body, speech, and mind.

The beautiful lotus rising serenely from the mud signifies the renunciation of worldly pleasures and suggests incredible beauty and purity hidden within the depths of the darkest and muddiest of situations.

When the stalk is trim from the root, shows the empty compartments that are signifying the wisdom of understanding emptiness.


The Vase of Treasure:

The Vase of Treasure means infinite life, wealth and prosperity and all the benefits of this world and freedom for the beholden.

Kuzuzangpo la!

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