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The Eight Auspicious Symbols

The eight Buddhist auspicious symbols [Chin.: Jíxiáng bā bǎo 吉祥八宝 | Sansk.: अष्टमंगल Aṣṭamaṅgala] consist of - a parasol, pair of golden fish, the great treasure vase, a lotus, the right turning conch, the endless knot, the banner of victory and the wheel of dharma. These originated from a group of early Indian symbols of royalty, which were presented at special ceremonies such as the coronation of a king. The symbols differed between different groups.

In Buddhism these symbols of good fortune represent the offerings that were…

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Mahayana

Theravada Buddhism focused primarily on meditation and concentration, the eighth of the Eightfold Noble Path; as a result, it centered on a monastic life and an extreme expenditure of time in meditating. This left little room for the bulk of humanity to join in, so a new schism erupted within the ranks of Buddhism in the first century AD, one that would attempt to reformulate the teachings of Buddha to accommodate a greater number of people.

They called their new Buddhism, Mahayana [literally, "The Great Teachings of…

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Mantra

Handed down since ancient times by religious seers who had attained self-realization by chanting them, mantras are words or syllables which when repeated in meditation helps you transcend into a higher state of consciousness.

As sound energies that have always existed the universe, they cannot be created or destroyed and command the power to heal you physically and spiritually. At the very basic level mantras help you to concentrate in meditation. And once you enter its auspicious circle, the mind instantly gets focussed and you discover…

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Lotus

Since the beginning of mankind, symbols have been used very often, to convey a message of universal importance. They represent abstract ideas or ideologies of a particular society, which in order to understand correctly, we have to rely on our knowledge of this civilization. They make a statement in a special way that invites personal interpretation, without any lengthy written explanation. Symbols play an important role in the Chinese way of life and reveal many things about the relationship of the Chinese with the universe and with all the nature…

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Sharing Words...

Having a shrine and making offerings to it is a way of focusing our mind in a powerful and positive way. Day by day, week by week, month by month, year by year, if we do prayers and practices, that place will become a sacred place.

Grand Master Shi Yong Po [Chin.: shìyǒngpō 释永坡 | 1926 - ]