Dimecres, Maig 11, 2022 5:00 am - Diumenge, Juliol 31, 2022 11:00 h
Dava Private House, No. 8, Dang Re Road, Lhasa, Tibet, China

Due to the unique culture and beautiful scenery, Tibet has become an unrepeatable tourist destination in this world. This place is sacred and mysterious, closest to the sky, and full of faith. In this land, there are countless large and small temples, among which the well-known Tibetan Buddhist temples such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Temple, Drepung Monastery, etc., have already been the highlights of Tibet tours. Before traveling to Tibet, if you know more about Buddhist symbols, rituals, artifacts, etc., you can have a better understanding of Tibetan Buddhism.

Golden Deer and Dharma Wheel

It's a very prominent symbol of Tibetan Buddhism as it belongs to one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols. It symbolizes that the Dharma is endless, and everything has Buddha-nature. It also commemorates Buddha's first teaching in a deer park, during which a pair of meek deer kneeled down to listen to his sermon. This auspicious ornament is generally placed in the center of the temple's main hall.

Kalacharka

The symbol is created by Padma Sambhava. It means “Wheel of Time” and "Gathering Ten Powerful Elements". The pattern is composed of seven Sanskrit letters and three graphics vertically combined. In Tibet, people place the Kalacharka on the stupa, gate, wall, etc., to increase the auspicious effect; it is also often seen that the Kalacharka is made into pendants and used as amulets. It is said that believers wearing Kalacharka are protected from disasters caused by earth, wind, water or fire.

Grand Golden Tiled Hall

The Grand Golden Tiled Hall is the birthplace of Je Tsongkhapa. It is located in the center and is the main hall of Kumbum Monastery. The main hall is dedicated to commemorating the golden stupa of Je Tsongkhapa. Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug Sect, is considered by Gelugpa as the "second Buddha". He is often enshrined with Lord Buddha at the same time.

Prayer Wheels

A prayer wheel is a cylindrical wheel on a spindle made from metal, wood, stone, leather or coarse cotton. In Tibet, you can see prayer wheels at every monastery. It's also one of the ritual items of Tibetan Buddhism. The tube contains Tibetan scriptures or mantras. The pilgrims should walk from right to left, turn the prayer wheels one by one, and rotate it to the right, which is equivalent to chanting for accumulating merits and purifying negative karma.

Chorten

Chorten, aka. Lamaist pagodas, the symbol of merit, is a unique architectural form of Tibetan Buddhism, similar to Indian stupa. This kind of stupa is popular in Tibet, Qinghai, Gansu, and Inner Mongolia and other Tibetan regions. The platform base and the tower top are exquisite in shape. A huge circular tower is placed on the tall base, and a long tower top is erected on it. There are many round wheels engraved on the top of the tower, and then a canopy and a moon orb are placed.

Mani Stone Piles

Mani stone piles are also called "scared piles". Most of them are engraved with Six-Character Great Bright Mantra, wisdom eyes, Buddha statues, and various auspicious patterns. You can find mani stones almost everywhere in the mountains, intersections, lakes, and rivers of Tibetan areas. It's said when the wind blowing through the mani stones engraved with scriptures, it's equivalent to reading the scriptures.

Displaying Buddha Image

Displaying Buddha images refers to display Buddha Thangkha. Those Buddha Thangkas are the treasures of the monasteries and are usually rolled up and protected. Every year during the Buddha image displaying season, there will be a few or even dozens of brawny lamas who will lift out huge Buddha statues ranging in length from a few meters to tens of meters, and hang them on the rock walls of the hillside under the blue sky and white clouds for the worship of the vast number of benevolent men and women.

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