About Khata

A khata or khatag(Tibetan: ཁ་བཏགས་ ; Dzongkha: དར་, Dhar, Mongolian : ᠬᠠᠳᠠᠭ / Mongolian: хадаг / IPA: [χɑtɑk], khadag or hatag, Nepali: खतक khada, Chinese 哈達/哈达; pinyin: hādá/hǎdá) is a traditional ceremonial scarf in tengrism and Tibetan Buddhism. It originated in Tibetan culture and is common in cultures and countries where Tibetan Buddhism is practiced or has strong influence.

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Buddhist symbolism – From representation to auspiciousness

is the use of to represent certain aspects of the Buddha's Dharma (teaching). Early Buddhist symbols which remain important today include the Dharma wheel, the Indian lotus, the three jewels and the Bodhi tree. Anthropomorphic symbolism depicting the Buddha (as well as other figures) became very popular around the first century CE with the arts of Mathura and the Greco-Buddhist art of Gandhara. New symbols continued to develop into the medieval period, .
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The unavoidable Tibetan Buddhist ritual implements

Tibetan , in the form of Vajrayana ritual, provides a critical set of techniques for dealing with everyday life. Tibetans came to see these techniques as vital for their prosperity in this life. Tibetan Buddhism rituals are generally more elaborate than in other forms of Buddhism, with complex altar arrangements and works of art (such as and ), many ritual objects, hand gestures (mudra), chants, and musical instruments. A special kind of ritual called an .
The inner altar with the painted scroll of the Buddha

Buddhist ritual implements – Items of outer devotion

Most Buddhists use ritual in pursuit of their spiritual aspirations. Common devotional practices are receiving a blessing, making merit, making a resolution, prostrating, making offerings, chanting traditional texts and pilgrimage. regards inner devotion as more important than outer ritual. However, rituals do have an important place in Buddhism. Buddhist rituals take place through several practices, expressed through physical movement, speech, and mind. This is a list of Buddhist ritual implements used in some Buddhist .
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Interpreting Future Buddha of this World – Maitreya Buddha

is also known as Metteyya who is presented as a  future of this world in eschatology. In some Buddhist literature, such as the and Sutra, Maitreya is referred to as Ajita . Maitreya is a bodhisattva who in the Buddhist tradition is to appear on , achieve complete , and teach the pure . According to , Maitreya will be a successor of the historic Sakyamuni Buddha, the .

Trimurti – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva

The is a concept in in which the cosmic functions of creation, maintenance, and destruction are personified by the of  the creator, the maintainer or preserver and the destroyer or transformer. These three deities have been called "the triad" or the "Great ". However, the and medieval texts of Hinduism feature many triads of and , some of which do not include Shiva. Trimurti - The supreme lords The Hindu .

Buddhist Ritual Items and Symbols

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