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Buddhism: Symbols and Icons. Buddha Images. Description: Appears standing Seated in lotus position or reclining Dressed as monk with left shoulder covered and his right shoulder bare Not always fat Significance: Need to represent Buddha. Mudras. Description: Hand gestures

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Description:

Appears standing

Seated in lotus position or reclining

Dressed as monk with left shoulder covered and his right shoulder bare

Not always fat

Significance:

Need to represent Buddha



  • Description:

  • Hand gestures

  • Appear in images of Hindu deities

  • Significance:

  • Can tell someone's state of mind by looking at their stance or gestures



Description:

Domed-shaped mounds that were built to house the relics of the Buddha or other holy figures

Decorated with paintings or cravings illustrating life of Buddha

Significance:

Every Buddhist temple has one

Monks and lay people walk around them 3 times when making their devotion

A pilgrimage to a stupa and the construction of small stupas are considered merit-gaining activities by some Buddhists



  • Significance:

  • Buddha had a vision of the human race as a bed of lotus flowers

  • All people have the ability to develop their potential and rise from an undesirable life



Description:

Representations of Buddha's foot-prints

Craved in stone and feature signs of the Buddha

Buddha figures and sacred wheels, on the soles

The toes are the same length

Significance:

Buddha's presence, as they are believed to be the imprints where the Buddha actually touched the ground

the Buddha's absence now that he has entered nirvana, and thus are a reminder of the Buddhist ideal of nonattachment.



  • Description:

  • Visual representation of samara or endless cycle of uncontrolled rebirths

  • Significance:

  • The Wheel of Life is held up to us as a mirror by Yama, the god of death, who sends to human beings the messengers of approaching old-age, sickness and death.

  • This famous symbolic picture traditionally can be found at the entrances of Buddhist temples



Description:

  • Sand Mandala

  • Exercise of meditation and prayer

  • Limits of physical space

    Significance:

  • Centre of the universe in which a fully awakened being abides

  • Recite chants and prayers before it is swept up and placed into a stream or body of water

  • Impermanence of the world


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