- Tibetan 8 Buddhist Signs
- Tibetan Mantra Prayer
- Tibetan Prayer Wheel
- Tibetan Jewelry Materials
- Prayer Boxes
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 precious parasol 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 symbol stands for 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.
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.
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 literally means, the indestructible stone, and it also symbolizes lightning (male strength). 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.
The double dorje symbol represents pure untainted consciousness, the pristine awareness beyond conceptual thinking. Another word for double dorje is vishvavajra. Vishvavajra, vishva, is sanskrit for ‘world’ or ‘the world as we experience it’. Vishvavajra means the foundation of the physical world. It stands for the stability or foundation of the physical world.
Tibetan Jewelry Materials
|Coral||Coral is found in long chains under the ocean. Most coral comes from the Mediterranean. Coral comes in many shades of red, pink, and white. Coral can be dyed.|
|A blue opaque stone with white veins and metallic specks. Lapis lazuli is sometimes dyed to make the color more vibrant.|
|Turquoise ranges in color from sky blue to green, and often brown or gray streaks are found in turquoise from where it was mined. Turquoise is found in desert regions such as Mongolia and China. The turquoise stone is said to bring good luck.|
|Amethyst is a form of quartz. The colors of amethyst range from light to dark purple, and there are sometime white or green streaks found in amethyst. The amethyst stone is believed to radiate love.|
|Tiger’s eye can be found in South Africa and is a type of quartz. Tiger eye is typically brown with yellowish streaks.|
|Labradorite is mostly gray, with hints of green, yellow, and blue. Labradorite is a form of feldspar.|
|Malachite is a green stone with light, dark green, and sometimes even white curved streaks of color. Malachite is a source of copper.|
|¡¡Jadeite is a form of jade that comes in many colors, including pink, brown, yellow, purple, and black.|
|Jade is a semiprecious stone that is found mostly in China. Jade comes in shades of green, lavender, and rose.|
|Onyx is a form of quartz. Onyx can be either white or black, and it can be clear or opaque. Black onyx is often dyed to enhance its color.|
|Moonstone is a form of feldspar. Moonstone brings good luck. Moonstone is a whitish color with white or light blue spots.|
|Tibetan Silver||Tibetan silver is made from some parts silver, and mostly copper and other metals. Our products made from Tibetan silver are clearly marked, as are our sterling silver products.|
|Sterling Silver||Sterling silver is silver combining 925 parts silver and 75 parts of copper or some other metal. Sterling silver has the number 925 written on it to assure the amount of silver contained.|
|Yak Bone||Yak bone is made from the yak, which is an animal found in Tibet and the Himalayan regions. Jewelry made from yak bone is often brown in color, but it can be dyed.|
Prayer boxes are used in Tibetan Buddhism. Prayer boxes are often known as a gao or ghau. Prayer boxes are used to hold a small written prayer or an image of the Buddha close to the heart.