are not going in circles, we are going upwards.
path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps."
The image of Buddha is one of the most popular and easily
recognized representations of Buddhism throughout the world.
However, in the early days after the religion flourished, the
Buddha image was not used as Gautama Buddha did not want to be
venerated being a mortal person. Instead, a number of symbols were
used to represent Buddhism and its teachings. Those early symbols
continue to be important Buddhist representations even today and
still hold significant symbolic meaning for the followers of the
Believers revere these Buddhist symbols and incorporate them
into ritual art as well as daily living to derive inspiration
for leading a righteous and fulfilling life. Given below are
some powerful Buddhist symbols that are often used for designing
art crafts, which are not mere ornaments but reminders of the
core beliefs of Buddhism.
One of the most prominent and auspicious Buddhist symbols,
the Dharma Wheel represents Buddha himself, his teachings and
different aspects of Buddhist practice. It symbolizes the
Samsara's or the material world's endless cycle of life, death,
and rebirth. The eight spokes of the wheel represent the
Eight-Fold Path Buddha set out in his teachings and also
symbolize wisdom. The rim represents concentration, and the hub
stands for moral discipline. Dharma Wheel jewelry guides the
wearer about Buddhist practices that help find the way out of
this endless maze of life and death and suffering.
As a clean and beautiful flower that rises up from the muddy
water, the Lotus is a symbol of mental and spiritual purity and
reflects the soul's progress out of the mud of materialism.
Wearing jewelry items adorned with the Lotus Flower can inspire
the wearer to imbibe Buddhist values of compassion and wisdom,
achieve purification of mind, body, and speech, and rise above
worldly existence to unite with the divine One.
You can read more about the Lotus Flower
Deer holds a place of honor in Buddhism and symbolizes the
Buddhist disciples because Buddha delivered his first sermon at
the Sarnath Deer Park in Varanasi. A deer radiates serenity and
purity and is symbolic of spiritual qualities. A jewelry piece
incorporating a deer image is believed to have a calming
influence on the wearer, teaching him/her the values of quietude
Leaf of Ficus Religiosa
The Ficus Religiosa refers to a species of the fig tree that
is held sacred in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. Buddhists
revere it because it was a huge Focus Religiosa tree underneath
which Prince Siddhartha Gautama was meditating when he attained
enlightenment and became Buddha.
The tree's heart-shaped leaf, also called Buddhi Leaf or Bodhi
Leaf symbolizes spiritual awakening and perfection of wisdom.
Jewels incorporating this leaf inspire compassion and modesty
that are essential for achieving awareness/awakening.
The Tibetan Knot also referred to as the Endless Knot, is
made of intertwined lines and symbolizes the illusory, eternal
character of time. It represents interconnectedness and
continuity that underlies all existence, where there is no end
or beginning, and everything happens as a karmic consequence.
Tibetan Knot jewelry helps the wearer understand this natural
'cause and effect' rule.
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About the Author
The jewelry artist David Weitzman combines ancient and sacred knowledge into a unique line of jewelry designed to bring people both beauty and inspiration. David's artwork harnesses the power of spiritual symbols and sacred geometry from around the world to bring those wearing this sacred jewelry happiness, vitality, excitement, and love.