The ghau is a kind of portable altar in which the image of the possessor's chosen deity is kept. The vast majority of Tibetans use ghau at home and carry it on their travels. They keep it on a real altar at home. When traveling, it is attached to the back belt. It serves as a protective symbol during travels and also allows its owner to prove his devotion to his deity.
Tibetan Buddhist pendant,
Tangka painted by hand by Tibetan painters living in Nepal specializing in sacred Buddhist paintings as shown in the video also available on our youtube channel, via this link
Buddha Amitabha (deity description, below)
8 auspicious signs of Buddhism on the back (Description and explanation below)
Dimensions of the ghau: 64mm high by 41.5mm wide by 9mm thick.
Weight of 38 grams.
Delivered with a 34cm red cord (possibility to change the cord, contact us.
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Amitabha Buddha is the protector of people born under the sign of the dog and the pig.
Amitābha, Amitāyus or Amida is a Buddha of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism. He reigns over the “Western Pure Land of Bliss” (sk.: Sukhāvatī, ch.: Xīfāng jílè shìjiè, ja.: saihō goraku sekai 西方極樂世界), marvelous, pure, perfect world, devoid of evil, of suffering. This pure land, a place of refuge outside the cycle of transmigrations - or the equivalent of nirvāņa according to certain conceptions - is at the center of the beliefs and practices of the schools of the Pure Land. This Buddha, which is also called the Buddha of Buddhas, is very popular among Mahāyānists, particularly in the Chinese world, Korea, Japan, Tibet and Vietnam.
His name means “Infinite Light” or “He whose splendor is immeasurable”.
Anyone who believes in this Buddha is guaranteed to enter Sukhavati, where he will be reborn. Amitabha is therefore a kind of savior who guarantees life after death: everyone can achieve liberation by invoking his name, rather than having to undergo countless rebirths.
In a previous existence, Amitabha was a king who, after coming into contact with Buddhist teaching, gave up his throne to become the monk Dharmakara. Dharmakara made 48 vows, in which he promised to help those who would follow the path to enlightenment. Through meditation, the monk finally succeeded in fulfilling his vows and he became Amitabha Buddha.
Having fire as an element, it is associated with twilight and life in the afterlife. He is usually depicted in red, seated on a lotus flower, or sometimes traveling on the back of a couple of peacocks. His hands make the mudra of meditation, one hand simply resting on the other, his emblem is the lotus, the symbol of spiritual rebirth, and he is associated with the direction of the west.
Although he was originally from India, it was in China and Japan, where he bears the name Amida (the Buddha who inspired the "Pure Land" school of Buddhism), that Amitabha was the object of the greatest veneration. In the eighth century, the Indian monk Padmasambhava introduced the cult of Amitabha to Tibet, where he attracted many disciples.
THE 8 AUSPICIOUS SIGNS OF BUDDHISM
The 8 auspicious signs of Buddhism or Astamangala were originally a set of Indian offerings presented to a king at his investiture. Jainism first picked up these auspicious symbols probably before Buddhism.
In the Buddhist tradition, these 8 auspicious signs represent the offerings presented by the great Vedic gods – an ancient civilization of India at the origin of Hinduism – to Buddha Siddharta after his Awakening. Brahma was the first of these gods to appear even before the birth of the Buddha by presenting him with a wheel with a thousand golden spokes, as a symbolic request to the Buddha to transmit his teachings by “turning the wheel of Dharma”. Indra, Lord of Heaven and god of war and storm – and incidentally king of the gods – appeared next, offering the white conch for the Buddha to “proclaim the truth of the Dharma.”
In the Buddhist tradition, the eight auspicious signs form the body of Buddha.
the parasol represents his head,
the two fish his eyes,
the vase her neck,
the lotus its tongue,
the golden wheel his feet,
the banner of victory his body,
the conch his word
the endless knot his mind.
In the earliest form of Indian Buddhism, the Buddha was painted aniconically, that is, without being represented in human form, usually by an empty throne under a parasol and under the Bodhi tree or by a stone marked with his divine imprints, which contain several auspicious symbols such as the insignia of the divinity of the Buddha: the banner of victory, the lion throne, the trident, the Three Jewels, the eternal knot, the swastika, the conch, the pair of fish and the most common, the lotus and the wheel.
The Endless Knot or Tibetan Infinite Knot is a Buddhist symbol that represents the movement of the eternal, intertwining spiritual paths and time.
The shape of the Endless Knot is evocative of wisdom and compassion in Tibetan Buddhism. The top and bottom of the symbol symbolize the interaction of opposing and dual forces, which ultimately come together and unite in the universe.
The Tibetan Infinite Knot also represents the inseparability of the Void and the reality of existence.
Finally, since the Knot has neither beginning nor end, it is also defined as the Wisdom of Buddha
Traditional instrument of Tibet, the conch is considered to be the symbol of the power of the word of the Buddha. The dextrorotatory conch coils to the right and is the rarest and most conducive to the practice of Tibetan Buddhism. It symbolizes the sound of Dharma which awakens beings from the sleep of Ignorance, thus prompting them to accomplish their own good for the good of others. It is also the protection of the Dharma Jewel, the progression from step to step towards ultimate realization, Awakening or Enlightenment.
The Wheel of Dharma remains the most important symbol of Tibetan Buddhism, it symbolizes Buddhist law as well as the teaching of the Buddha who was the first to set this Wheel in motion. The Wheel of Dharma represents the eternal movement of the cycle of rebirths (or karma). It is also the continuity of the Buddha's teachings, in all its forms and in all directions, teachings that lead to happiness and liberation.
The Wheel of Dharma is often represented with four or eight branches, embodying the Four Noble Truths and the Eight Steps.
Symbol of absolute purity and enlightenment, emblem of spiritual elevation, the lotus has the particularity of taking root in mud or mud, its stem bathing in water while its flower blooms majestically on the water.
The lotus represents the elevation of the soul, first purely materialistic through its roots, then tasting the experience of water through its stem, to finally achieve enlightenment and enlightenment through of its flower.
Tibetan Buddhists see through the Lotus the true nature of Beings, the stem being samsara (cycles of life and death), the flower symbolizing peace and serenity.
The Tibetan victory banner is the symbol of the teaching of Buddha, the triumph over Ignorance, the doctrine of Buddha on the forces of Evil: passion, fear of death, pride and lust.
It particularly symbolizes the Buddha's renunciation of all delusions and illusory appearances of samsara.
The Treasure Vase represents a multitude of wealth, intellectuals and prosperity. It is a Tibetan symbol of long life and abundance.
It also symbolizes moral discipline, the study and practice of the Dharma, in particular through the good that one can bring to others and the development of altruism.
When you wear a Tibetan jewel representing the treasure vase (it is not by chance that these pendants are often called "ghau" or "gao", quite simply because they can be filled), remember to slip on the inside everything that you think is beneficial for you and all living beings. It can be Tibetan mantras, or pictures of people who are particularly important to you, or thoughts or prayers...
Originally, the two fish were the symbol of the Yamuna River and the Ganges, but they later became the symbol of good fortune for Hindus and Buddhists.
Among Tibetan Buddhists, the Golden Fish represents living beings who practice Dharma, and who should not be afraid of drowning in the ocean of suffering, since they can swim freely as fish do in water. , in order to choose their rebirths.
The parasol symbolizes the activity that protects men from all evils: illnesses, accidents, evil spirits. She also protects the beings of the lower worlds. In Tibetan Buddhism, the umbrella protects us from suffering. The Tibetan umbrella guarantees wisdom.
From a Buddhist point of view, the parasol represents a form of protection and welcome to anyone who would like to enter the path of Dharma and progress on the path of Enlightenment.
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