By Loden Sherap Dagyab
During this interesting learn, Dagyab Rinpoche not just explains the 9 best-known teams of Tibetan Buddhist symbols but additionally exhibits how they function bridges among our internal and outer worlds. As such, they are often used to indicate the right way to final fact and to transmit a reservoir of deep wisdom shaped over millions of years.
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In this context, I employ normal Tibetan linguistic usage for these, unless otherwise stated. The victory sign (rgyal-mtshan) is the sign that belongs to the Eight Symbols. Just like the parasol, it is made out of wood and cloth, or imitated in metal. A glance at Table 1 shows that the victory sign is not described anywhere in classical Tibetan literature. At this point, I would like to mention a particular form of this sign which I believe developed in Tibet from the various types of parasol described above.
In Tibet, there never seems to have been a large number of parasols heaped one above the other as there was in India. Practical considerations kept this down to the usual, portable form. , the Seven Jewels of Royal Power, p. 65), the meaning of the symbol is transferred from the worldly to the spiritual level. The Golden Fishes (gser-nya, Skt. suvarṇamatsya) This symbol consists of two fishes, which usually appear standing vertically and parallel, or slightly crossed, with heads down and turned toward each other.
These are usually objects, animals, or plants which, because of their value or the manner of their employment, served as ritual objects, symbols of deities, or, generally, as status symbols. As they were always used in established ways, such as for daily worship or for ceremonies on particular occasions, it seemed natural to ascribe a special significance, transcending their individual importance, to these specific combinations. 3 One such group (p. 16) consists of the Eight Symbols of Good Fortune, also called the Eight Auspicious Symbols.