Mala Buddhist Rosary
108 pearls of red sandalwood from India of 6mm in diameter each
Feng Shui dragon dharma wheel protection talisman with the representation of the 8 auspicious signs of Buddhism on the back also in Indian red sandalwood. Dimensions of 59/38/10mm
agate nan hong of Yunnan
lapis lazuli from Afghanistan
Turquoise du Hubei
The dragon is a creature that is both mythological and folkloric in China. Present in the founding myths of Chinese civilization - Yu the Great would have obtained the help of one of these creatures - Chinese dragons, or Long, are very different from their Western "cousins".
While the latter are evil beings in the legends of the European Middle Ages, the dragons of China, and by extension of Asia, are generally benevolent beings, even if Buddhist thinkers introduced the idea that some dragons could be responsible for destruction as a result of human affronts.
Among some 360 scaled creatures in Chinese mythology, the dragon occupied the top of a hierarchy. It was represented by a mixture of several animals but there were a significant number of varieties of dragons according to its habitat.
The dragon may possess horns or deer antlers. It is also often depicted with wings covered with scales or hairs. This dragon, the one we know best, is adorned with powerful claws and the air it blows can become cloud, rain or fire.
The 8 auspicious signs of Buddhism or Astamangala were originally a set of Indian offerings presented to a king at his investiture. Jainism first took 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 gold rays, as a symbolic request to the Buddha to transmit his teachings by "turning the wheel of The Dharma". Indra, Lord of Heaven and god of war and storm – and incidentally king of the gods – appeared following, 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 his neck, the lotus his tongue, the golden wheel his feet, the banner of victory his body, conquers his word the endless knot his mind.
In the first form of Indian Buddhism, the Buddha was painted aniconically, that is, without being represented in a human form, usually by an empty throne under a parasol and under the Tree of the Bodhi or by a stone marked with his divine imprints, which contain several auspicious symbols such as the insignia of the Buddha's divinity: 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.
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