The concept of Samsara in Buddhism teaches that human beings have the ultimate control over themselves.
Stupas in the Buddhist religion are a symbol best defined as a spiritual monument. Stupas are small enough to place on a mantle or are huge buildings. The structure is a symbol of the path to enlightenment which encompasses the Buddha’s body, teachings and mind.
The Bodhi Tree: uniting all worlds The life of Siddartha Gautama, the Buddha, is central to Buddhist tradition. It has a mythic status. And in that story we find one of the most important Buddhist symbols: the Bodhi Tree. There are many variations of the myth surrounding it. The legend of the Buddha is well […]
Karma is a term that many people are familiar with but relatively few people understand. They might tell you that karma is when people get what they deserve. Good things happen to good people, while bad things happen to bad people. That’s a very simplified version of the concept of karma, but it isn’t terribly far […]
A simple form of the Buddha’s teaching is found in the Four Noble Truths. The first of these is the doctrine of dukkha: there is suffering. The Three Marks of Existence provide a deeper understanding of what is meant by dukkha. These three characteristics of existence are accepted by all schools of Buddhism. The first […]
In the Buddhist religion, Nirvana is the ultimate place of happiness and tranquility. Once one reaches Nirvana, they experience nothing but bliss. Everything is perfect and they have complete peace of mind. There is no evil and no suffering whatsoever. Every Buddhist spends their life trying to get closer and closer to reaching Nirvana. It […]
The lotus flower has eight petals which correspond to the Eightfold Path of Good Law. It is one of the most common symbols of Buddhism and represents the stages of enlightenment.
Within the human body are seven main chakras. Each chakra has an attachment to separate body areas including glands and organs. The word chakra means wheel in Sanskrit. When experts expand on the wheel concept, they refer to the fact that wheels twirl in a circular movement, which makes a vacuum.
The lotus flower represents one symbol of fortune in Buddhism. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower’s first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.
In the early daysof Buddhism,there were no statues of the Buddha himself, therefore Buddhist symbols were relied upon to convey Buddha and his teachings. These representations are still very important in the modern practice of Buddhism, and the symbols discussed here will provide a useful introduction to the most prominent ones. The Eight-Spoked Dharma Wheel […]