Eight Auspicious Signs

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The Eight Auspicious Signs represent aspects of Buddhist teachings, and their symbolism reveals our spiritual progress. When Buddha spoke and turned the wheel of Dharma for the first time, many sentient beings were so positively affected that they made offerings to him, comprising of the eight objects that make up the eight auspicious signs. These signs have come to represent the state of the Enlightened mind, likened to the Buddha’s own form and qualities.

Carved wooden eight auspicious signs

For example, the white conch shell symbolises the deep, far-reaching and melodious sound of the Dharma teachings, which suit the individual dispositions of practitioners, waking them from the deep slumber of their ignorance. The lotus, on the other hand, indicates the complete purification of a practitioner’s body, speech and mind upon liberation.

The Eight Auspicious Signs can be found in Buddhist households the world over, for example in the architecture, sewn into brocade, or as decorative motifs on ritual items like offering bowls. These signs continue to be auspicious now because the qualities they represent are still relevant to what we practice today. It is very beneficial for us to offer these symbols to the Buddhas; with our sincere prayers we will also attain this state of mind.


Parasol

  • Protection from the “heat” of defilements.
  • Creates the causes to remove our defilements.
  • Power of the material world transformed to a power of being able to control negativities.


Golden Fish

  • Representing increase, growth and abundance on worldly and spiritual level.
  • Indirectly affects our karma to bring us outer wealth to benefit others.
  • Develops wonderful positive qualities within.


Treasure Vase

  • Associated with the possession of supernatural abilities.
  • Fulfilment of both spiritual and material wishes, inner and outer.
  • Creates causes to gain higher attainments for meditation.


Lotus

  • Epitomises purity, divinity and an exalted state that remains unstained.
  • Offering this to the Buddha carries with it the wishes to gain Buddha’s mental purity.


Conch Shell

  • Represents the fame and gentle pervasiveness of Buddha’s teachings to travel into the ten directions.
  • When we offer the conch shell, we are requesting the Buddha to continue to turn the wheel of Dharma.


Endless Knot

  • Represents no beginning and no end.
  • The realisation that we are interdependent and need others to survive.
  • Represents the eternal happiness that we can gain if we listen and apply the BuddhaDharma to our lives.


Victory Banner

  • Symbolises the victory of the Sangha over samsara.
  • Eternal victory of Buddha’s teachings and knowledge over all hindrances, unhappiness and suffering experienced within samsara.


Dharma Wheel

  • The wheel symbolises the auspiciousness of the turning of the precious wheel of Buddha’s doctrine, both in its teachings and realizations, in all realms and at all times, enabling beings to experience the joy of wholesome deeds and liberation.

Many styles of Eight Auspicious Signs are available at all Kechara Paradise outlets

To buy, just walk in to any of our retail stores or shop online at VajraSecrets.com.

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