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The Eight Auspicious Symbols

Tibetan Buddhism is rich in ornate symbols and art. From deities to fishes, these designs are not only cultural but practical. They represent or bring to life many aspects of the Buddhist path and practice.

A few recurring symbols you might notice at Namchak and in Tibetan Buddhist work are the Eight Auspicious Symbols. As the name makes clear, these are lucky items in Tibetan Buddhism.

While the style of these symbols might seem exotic and ancient to Western student, their backgrounds are as engaging as the flowing lines they use.

Here is a quick outline of the Eight Auspicious Symbols.

Dharma WheelDharma Wheel: Symbol of Buddha’s teachings (dharma); transformation; spiritual change; moral discipline.



Treasure Vase Image

Treasure Vase:  “Vase of inexhaustible treasures”: possesses the quality of spontaneous manifestations; attracts wealth and brings harmony to the environment.



Lotus ImageLotus: Purity; renunciation; divinity; perfection; compassion




Endless Knot Image

Endless Knot: Symbol of Buddha’s endless wisdom and compassion; denotes continuity or dependent originiation as the underlying reality of existence.




Golden Fishes Image

Golden Fishes: Happiness; fertility; abundance.




Victory Banner ImageVictory Banner: Emblem of Buddha’s victorious enlightenment; symbol for overcoming the eleven methods of defilements.





White Conch Shell ImageWhite Conch Shell: Power, authority, sovereignty; sound prevents danger and evil spirits; proclaims truth of the dharma




Parasol ImageParasol: Protection; royalty







The above symbols and descriptions are copyright restricted.

Source for symbol meanings: Robert Beer, The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs (Massachusetts: Shambhala Publications, Inc., 1999), 171–186.