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Buddhist Symbology Part 5: Treasure Vase

Buddhist Symbology Part 5

Treasure Vase

What could be more valuable than the teachings of Buddha? The treasure vase represents this wonderful, inexhaustible treasure. The vase in this situation is a round pot, with a long neck and a jewel on top.

There is a tradition in India of burying treasure in these . . . → Read More: Buddhist Symbology Part 5: Treasure Vase

Podcast Episode 12: Q&A Part 2

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And welcome back!

I’m Brian your host and welcome to the Daily Buddhism podcast number twelve. Remember that you can find all back issues and episodes of the Daily Buddhism emails and podcasts at www.dailybuddhism.com. Be sure to never miss anything by signing up for the . . . → Read More: Podcast Episode 12: Q&A Part 2

Buddhist Symbology Part 4: The Golden Fish

Buddhist Symbology Part 4

Golden Fish

Who wants to drown in the river of suffering? Who can avoid this fate? Fish of course! Just as fish swim where they wish and migrate as they will, an enlightened being can choose his own migration (rebirth). The fish can also represent fertility and abundance.

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Buddhist Symbology Part 3: The Parasol

Buddhist Symbology Part 3

The Parasol

A parasol is not an umbrella. An umbrella protects from the rain, while a parasol protects from the sun. The parasol also symbolically protects against ‚Äúthe heat of defilements.‚Äù Another way to look at it is that the parasol represents the sky and the handle represents a mountain . . . → Read More: Buddhist Symbology Part 3: The Parasol

Buddhist Symbology Part 2: The Conch

Buddhist Symbology Part 2

The conch shell is another well-know symbol in Buddhism. This is another of the big Hindu symbols that has passed over to Buddhism. The great hero Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita carried a conch, as did most Hindu gods and heros.

A conch used as a ‚Äúhorn‚Äù is often used . . . → Read More: Buddhist Symbology Part 2: The Conch

Buddhist Symbology Part 1: The Lotus

Buddhist Symbology Part 1

One thing that non-Buddhists always notice are the distinctive symbols ‚Ä®involved with the various sects of Buddhism. We talked briefly about ‚Ä®the ‚ÄúWheel of Dharma‚Äù a while back, but that’s just the tip of the ‚Ä®iceberg. There are eight major symbols known as the ‚ÄúEight . . . → Read More: Buddhist Symbology Part 1: The Lotus

Announcement

Announcement:

[Edited 8/5/08]

Effective as of today, I am removing the forums. There doesn’t seem to be a great deal of interest, but it is taking a great deal of time to moderate all the spam and “crank” messages being posted there. I may try another message forum at another time, but for now, just . . . → Read More: Announcement

Question: Meditation and Medical Conditions

Q&A #14

OK, I said last week that I was done with the questions for a little while, but this one seemed important, and one that I really can’t answer. If any of you have a suggestion or solution to this, please post it on the site or send me an email and I’ll forward . . . → Read More: Question: Meditation and Medical Conditions

Podcast Episode 11: Q&A Part 1

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The podcast for the first bunch of reader questions is available now.

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Q&A: Books and Self-Help

Q&A #13

Two more reader comments and then we’ll get back to more instructional stuff next week. Have a great weekend!

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A Reader recently wrote:

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You mentioned that you didn’t know a lot about Tantra/Vajrayana i have a book that either you could read or just reccomend to others in search of more . . . → Read More: Q&A: Books and Self-Help