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Auspicious Symbol Tashi Tagge Wall Hanging

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Beautiful Auspicious Symbol wall hanging!

Measures approximately 14 by 11 inches.  Handmade in Nepal.

 

In Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhists make use of a particular set of eight auspicious symbols, ashtamangala, in household and public art. Some common interpretations are given along with each symbol although different teachers may give different interpretations:

Conch

right-turning conch

The right-turning white conch shell (Sanskrit: Śaṅkha; Tibetan: དུང་དཀར་གཡས་འཁྱིལ་, Wylie: dung dkar g.yas 'khyil), representing the beautiful, deep, melodious, interpenetrating and pervasive sound of the Buddhadharma, which awakens disciples from the deep slumber of ignorance and urges them to accomplish their own welfare and the welfare of others;

In Hinduism the Conch is an attribute of Vishnu as is the Wheel (Sudarshana). Vaishnavism holds that Shakyamuni Buddha is an Avatar of Vishnu.

The conch shell is thought to have been the original horn-trumpet; ancient Indian mythical epics relate heroes carrying conch shells. The Indian god Vishnu is also described as having a conch shell as one of his main emblems; his shell bore the name Panchajanya meaning "having control over the five classes of beings".[3]

Knot

endless knot

The endless knot or eternal knot (Devanagari: श्रीवत्स; Sanskrit: śrīvatsa; Tibetan: དཔལ་བེའུ་, Wylie: dpal be'u) [4] as Chandra et al. (1902: p. 69) state denotes "the auspicious mark represented by a curled noose emblematical of love".[1] Moreover, it represents the intertwining of wisdom and compassion, the mutual dependence of religious doctrine and secular affairs, the union of wisdom and method, the inseparability of emptiness and dependent co-arising), and the union of wisdom and compassion in enlightenment. It is also symbolic of knot symbolism in linking ancestors and omnipresence and the magical ritual and meta-process of binding (refer etymology of Tantra, Yoga and religion) (see Namkha). This knot/net/web metaphor also conveys the Buddhist teaching of the Doctrine of Interpenetration.

Fish

pair of golden fish

The two goldfish (Sanskrit: Gaur-matsya; Tibetan: གསེར་ཉ་, Wylie: gser nya [5]), representing the state of fearless suspension in a harmless ocean of samsara, metaphorically often refer to buddha-eyes or rigpa-sight; symbolises the auspiciousness of all sentient beings in a state of fearlessness without danger of drowning in the Samsaric Ocean of Suffering, and migrating from place to place and teaching to teaching freely and spontaneously just as fish swim freely without fear through water;

In the following quotation, the two golden fishes are linked with the Ganges and Yamuna, and nadi, prana and carp:

The two fishes originally represented the two main sacred rivers of India - the Ganges and Yamuna. These rivers are associated with the lunar and solar channels, which originate in the nostrils and carry the alternating rhythms of breath or prana. They have religious significance in Hindu, Jain and Buddhist traditions but also in Christianity (the sign of the fish, the feeding of the five thousand). In Buddhism, the fish symbolize happiness as they have complete freedom of movement in the water. They represent fertility and abundance. Often drawn in the form of carp, which are regarded in the Orient as sacred on account of their elegant beauty, size, and life-span.[3]

Lotus

The Lotus Flower represents the "primordial purity" of the body, speech, and mind.

The lotus flower (Sanskrit: Padma; Tibetan: པད་མེ་, Wylie: pad me), representing "primordial purity" (Tibetan: ཀ་དག་, Wylie: ka dag) of body, speech, and mind, floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire; represents the full blossoming of wholesome deeds in blissful liberation.

Parasol

parasol

The jewelled parasol (Sanskrit: chhatraratna; Devanagari: छत्ररत्न; Tibetan: རིན་ཆེན་གདུགས་, Wylie: rin chen gdugs)[1] or Sacred Umbrella, which is similar in ritual function to the baldachin or canopy. It represents the protection of beings from harmful forces, illness; represents the canopy or firmament of the sky and therefore the expansiveness and unfolding of space and the elementther; represents the expansiveness, unfolding and protective quality of the sahasrara; under the auspice of the precious parasol all take refuge in the Dharma.

Urn

The Treasure Vase represents health, longevity, wealth, prosperity, wisdom, and the phenomenon of space.

The Urn of Wisdom or treasure vase (Tibetan: གཏེར་ཆེན་པོའི་བུམ་པ་, Wylie: gter chen po'i bum pa) represents health, longevity, wealth, prosperity, wisdomand the phenomenon of space. Indeed, to disambiguate, "Space" (Sanskrit: ākāśa) is a rendering of the particular denotation of the element of the mahabhuta (Sanskrit; English: "Great Elements") and the Five Pure Lights. Space is that elemental matrix that contains, holds, and conducts all phenomena. Space is the repository and conduit of everything that is manifest, embodied or incarnate; symbolisesŚūnyatā (Sanskrit); the iconographic representation of the 'wisdom urn' is often very similar to the 'water pot' (Sanskrit: Kumbha), which is one of the few allowable possessions of a Theravadin bhikku or bhikkuni; the wisdom urn or treasure vase is used in many vajrayana empowerments and initiations;

Wheel

Wheel of Law

The Wheel of Law (Sanskrit: Dharmacakra; Tibetan: ཆོས་ཀྱི་འཁོར་ལོ་, Wylie: chos kyi 'khor lo), sometimes represents Sakyamuni Buddha and the Dharma teaching, and also represents the mandala and chakra. This symbol is commonly used by Tibetan Buddhists, where it sometimes also includes an inner wheel of the Gankyil (Tibetan). Nepalese Buddhists don't use the Wheel of Law in the eight auspicious symbols.

Instead of the Dharma wheel, A Fly Whisk may be used as one of the ashtamangala to symbolize Tantric manifestations. It is made of a yak's tail attached to a silver staff, and used in ritual recitation and during fanning the deities in an auspicious religious ceremony (puja) The Mani wheel is another Dharmacakra guise that unites the function of the yak's tail with the doctrinal aspect of the Wheel of Law. The Sudarshana Chakra is a Hindu wheel-symbol.

In Unicode the wheel is represented by U+2638 .

Victory Banne

The Victory Banner was a military standard of ancient Indian warfare.

Dhvaja (Skt. also Dhwaja; Tibetan: རྒྱལ་མཚན་, Wylie: rgyal mtshan), meaning banner or flag. Dhvaja banner was a military standard of ancient Indian warfare. Makara Dhvaja has become latter an emblem of the Vedic god of love and desire — Kamadeva. Within the Tibetan tradition a list of eleven different forms of the victory banner is given to represent eleven specific methods for overcoming defilements. Many variations of the dhvaja's design can be seen on the roofs of Tibetan monasteries to symbolyze the Buddha's victory over four maras.

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09/28/2018
Deborah W.
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Just beautiful!

The moment I opened the perfectly packaged box, I knew I would love it. I didn't realize it would be made of all silk until I saw the small tag... every stitch just beautifully done, so that light literally 'dances' from the images. Entering or looking into the room where it hangs, you can definitely feel 'auspicious' radiating throughout. A beautiful piece of work.

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