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The Astamangala

The Eight Auspicious Symbols

The Astamangala are the eight auspicious signs of Buddhahood that often adorn finely carved statues of Shakyamuni and other Buddhas. The symbols are depicted in other kinds of art as well, such as the sculptured ornaments shown above. According to legend, celestial beings gave the items depicted by the Astamangala to Shakyamuni in recognition of his victory.

  • The Precious Parasol - The parasol or umbrella is an ancient symbol of royalty and protection. It symbolizes honor and respect, and also protection from delusion and fear by the Buddha's profound teachings.
  • The Golden Fish - Golden fish, often seen in pairs, symbolize spiritual realization and an enlightened teacher's ability to liberate beings from the ocean of cyclic existence. They also represent happiness and spontaneity, and good fortune in general.
  • The Treasure Vase - The "vase of inexhaustable treasures" represents health, long life, wealth and prosperity. No matter how much treasure is removed, the vase remains perpetually full. It also symbolizes the inexhaustible wish-fulfilling treasure of enlightenment.
  • The Lotus - The lotus flower, which grows from dark watery mire, but is unstained by it, signifies emerging from desire, hatred and self-grasping ignorance to unfold the pure Buddha nature. It represents purity, power, renunciation and awakening.
  • The Right-Turning Conch Shell - A conch shell spiraling to the right in a clockwise direction relates to the mighty conchshell horns of ancient heros, which were blown to proclaim valor and victory in battle. The shell symbolizes power, authority and sovereignty, and also represents the beautiful sound of the Dharma teachings.
  • The Endless Knot - The eternal, endless, or mystic knot has no beginning and no end, symbolizing the interweaving of the Buddha's endless wisdom and compassion. It also represents the karmic law of cause and effect, which holds that all phenomena are interrelated.
  • The Victory Banner - Traditionally carried into war, the banner signifies victory over defilements and negative influences that create obstacles to liberation. It further represents the Buddha's ultimate conquest of death and rebirth, and the indestructibility of his teaching.
  • The Wheel of Dharma - In general, wheels represents motion, continuity, and change, ceaselessly turning onwards. The dharmachakra, or Wheel of Dharma, literally means the "wheel of spiritual transformation", and its swift motion represents the rapid spiritual awakening engendered by the Buddha's teachings. Great masters are often described as "turning the Wheel of Dharma" when they reveal a profound teaching.

These symbols may be found as a group or individually. When alone, the meaning of the symbol still corresponds roughly to that given above. Some deities and gurus take just one symbol as a special emblem that best expresses their nature. For example, the great teachers Tilopa and Naropa usually hold golden fish, the Bodhisattvas Chenrezig and Tara hold lotus blossoms, Buddha Amitayus holds a treaure vase, and the Wheel of Dharma often adorns Buddha Shakyamuni.


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