Tibetan 8 Buddhist Signs
The conch shell symbolizes the “Om",which allows us to summon our courage and accomplish great things for a greater common good.
The umbrella represents protection and shields us from disaster and enduring suffering.
The victory banner represents our victory against outside forces and obstacles that cross our path.
The golden fish symbolizes freedom. The freedom of the fish to swim through water and our freedom to move through life without fear.
The golden wheel represents Buddha’s doctrine, and how by continuing to follow that doctrine, we can find joy.
The auspicious drawing stands for the union of wisdom and compassion at the time of enlightenment.
The lotus flower represents the purification of our body and mind by the deeds that we perform.
Vase of Treasure
The treasure vase symbolizes the blessings attainable in this world, including wealth, and a long life.
Tibetan Mantra Prayer
The mantra, Om Mani Padme Hum, Is a prayer invoking the blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion. It facilitates as an awakening for our minds, and increases our awareness .
Tibetan Prayer Wheel
Monks and Buddhist practitioners use the Tibetan Prayer wheel to improve their karma and distribute blessings on others. The Tibetan Prayer wheel comes in all sizes and types. Inside all Tibetan Prayer wheels there is a rolled up piece of paper with a prayer on it. By spinning the wheel the user will achieve the same effect as by saying or chanting the prayer. Tibetan Buddhists hope to achieve compassion by saying this prayer, and they also hope to get rid of negative urges and emotions.
Singing Bowls and the Chakras
The dorje is the symbol of enlightenment. The shape of the dorje symbolizes the two forms of truth, relative and absolute. The connection of the two truths in the middle is known as the sphere of actual reality. On the outer parts of the dorje there are two discs that represent the five Buddha families, the five elements, and the five skandhas. In Tibetan the word dorje means, “the indestructible stone.The dorje is a spiritual weapon used to banish non-truths and bring in the truth. The dorje is often used in a Tibetan Buddhist ritual, where it is twirled in order to bring in truth.
Each note a singing bowl plays corresponds with a specific chakra in the body. Chakras are energy centers in our body. When the energy centers (chakras) are balanced, our life and body become physically and emotionally balanced and we have a better sense of well-being. Here is a chart to help with the chakras and their corresponding musical notes.
stability, and physical identity, sense of security, bodily connection,
ability to survive
abdomen, lower back, below navel
and sexual stability, creative energy, adaptability, movement
plexus, navel or power
navel and base of sternum
power, independence, energy, metabolism, impulses, vitality, and
reconciles opposing forces and feeling, balance, unconditional love
expression, communication, language and sound, self-expression, truth
eye or brow
insight, conceptual awareness, Intuition, Clairvoyance, and Imagination
consciousness, Connection with Spirit, Faith, Wisdom, and Inspiration