Windhorse and the Four Dignities

The Flying Horse is the carrier of prayers and blessings of the prayer flags to the universe for the benefit of all sentient beings. Prayer flags with the Windhorse at the center symbolize victory over obstacles and quick and easy accomplishment of all positive works. The four dignities are ancient symbols that represent qualities of the Windhorse. The Four Dignities Garuda Dragon Snow Lion Tiger Garuda The snake eating Garuda is believed to keep .

Eight Auspicious Symbol Banner

The rich tradition of Buddhism in Tibet is exhibited in a number of ways, and the very Tibetan culture is almost all about the manifestation of Buddhist culture. Like many other forms of Buddhist culture, eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism is also very popular in Tibetan culture. Right-coiled White Conch The white conch which coils to the right symbolizes the deep, far-reaching and melodious sound of the Dharma teachings, which were appropriate to different .

The healing power and sacred geometry of mandalas

The word Mandala appears in Sanskrit texts which mean a collection of mantras and hymns. Including Buddhism, the shapes and symbols used in the mandalas are the core constituents of many ancient cultures around the world. Mandala represents any form of geometric structure and symbols that represents cosmic energy in the physical world. The appearance of the mandala is believed to be very sacred which reminds the viewer of serenity and sanctity in the .

Buddha Mudras, Gestures and Postures

A mudra is a gesture made by the hand and fingers to symbolize the teachings of Hinduism and Buddhism. Buddha mudras are gestures of their spirits that call the deities during worship or during moments when they meditate. Buddha Mudras demonstrate that the non-verbal form of communication is often more effective than the spoken one. The hand and fingers of Buddha images or even meditating monks are posed to symbolize a lot of things .

Buddhist Ritual Items and Symbols

Buddhism is one of the most established world religions that history has ever seen. Over the great expanse of time, it has quietly established its own set of symbolisms – symbols that are as old as time itself. This is only but natural with all the religions of the civilized world. And as such, many of these Buddhist religious symbols are considered recognizable icons of Buddhist Art and Tibetan Art. The more prominent symbols .

The Dharma Wheel

The Dharma Wheel Around the globe, dharma wheel is one of the oldest symbols of Buddhism. In Sanskrit, Dharma Wheel is also called as Dharma chakra. The cross is used to represents Christianity or a Star of David represents Judaism as same way the Dharma Chakra is used to represent the Buddhism. Dharma Chakra is also one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism. Before the introduction of Buddha images, the wheel was a .

What Tattoo Artists say about Tibetan Thangka Art?

The art of Thangka painting and the tattoo seems to be parallel. As a thangka painting tells a thousand-year-old story, so does the tattoo. Both have pretty artistic expression. These days most of the tattoo artists have been referring Thangka paintings to make tattoos so that they might give some life lessons to the viewers. Here’s an article by Heidi Minx that portrays the connection between Thangka and tattoo, and what other young artists have to say .

How to Buy a Mandala?

Few Questions Before Buying Before buying a mandala, one must have a brief knowledge of: How must a mandala painting be? What are the key characteristics and components of a mandala? What are the different types of mandala paintings and significance of each one of them? What is your purpose for buying mandala? Firstly, getting familiar with the different shapes used in the mandalas are important. There is a different kind of mandala available .

DHANUSA | BOW

Dhanusha also called Pinaka or Shiva Dhanush is the bow of Lord Shiva. It is generally carried in the left hand. Lord Shiva uses Dhanusha for the destruction of the “Pralaya.” There is an epic story behind the Dhanusa. As mentioned in Ramayana, Lord Vishwakarma (The principal architect of the universe) crafted two divine Dhanush. The first one was named “Sharanga” and was given to  Lord Vishnu. The second one was named “Pinaka” and .

CHAKRAS | The Healing Power Within Us

The Chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel or a circle. It is the centre of the energy, the focal point from where energy flows. It is believed to be the life force or prana that constantly moves inside us. History The earliest appearance of the Charkra is found in Vedic literature, in the Hindu scripture. Not to get confused with energy centres, it first appeared as Chakravartin or the king who “turns the wheel .