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BUDDHISM PARASOL / UMBRELLA

Parasol

Ade recently did this Tibetan design on one of his returning customers.

Buddhism parasol / umbrella

In Buddhism, the parasol is a symbol of royal dignity and protection from the heat of the sun. Besides that it also represents protection from the “heat” of negative forces, like greed, lust and suffering, obstacles in the path towards enlightenment.

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The ornate parasol usually is depicted with a dome, representing wisdom and a “skirt” around the dome, representing compassion. Sometimes the dome is octagonal (having eight angles and eight sides), representing the Eightfold Path. Sometimes it is square, representing the four directional quarters.

The Buddhist parasol is part of 8 other important symbols of Buddhism, called the The Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism.

 

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– Lielo

 

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VAJRA CHEST

Vajra. In Sanskrit word meaning both thunderbolt and diamond. Vajra was also the son of Aniruddha and great grandson of Shri Krishna. As a material device, the vajra is a ritual object, a short metal weapon—originally a kind of fist-iron like Japanese yawara—that has the symbolic nature of a diamond (it can cut any substance but not be cut itself) and that of the thunderbolt (irresistible force).

The vajra is believed to represent firmness of spirit and spiritual power. It is a ritual tool or spiritual implement which is symbolically used by Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism, all of which are traditions of Dharma. Because of its symbolic importance, the vajra spread along with Indian religion and culture to other parts of Asia. It was used as both a weapon and a symbol in Nepal, India, Tibet, Bhutan, Siam, Cambodia, Myanmar, China, Korea and Japan.

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WHEEL OF DHARMA

Wheel of Dharma. Cover up of scar.

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