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Three Symbols Of The Buddha Found In Buddhist Art

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Artistic expression and the interpretation as it relates to religion are often misunderstood and constantly changing. For example, in Christianity, the cross a prominent symbol in the Christian religion was understood within the confines of Jewish culture and Christendom as an object of suffering and pain. Nailing a criminal to a cross was the preferred method of execution for the Romans in ancient times. Today this same symbol is proudly displayed on numerous art pieces, jewelry, and clothing. Unfortunately this symbol that once was widely understood to signify suffering, now represents a fad among numerous modernized cultures. Symbols specifically related to Buddhism unfortunately have ...view middle of the document...

It is divided into three parts: the hub which symbolizes moral character, the spokes which represent the Eight-fold path of Buddha and the rim that holds all of Buddha’s teaching together. According to Beer, “the Wheel represents motion, continuity and change, forever turning onwards like the circling sphere of the heavens” (Beer 14).
A third important symbol of the Great Buddha is the Lotus. Everything, from its number of petals to the way it pushes its way to the water’s surface is significant. The lotus is a beautifully scented flower native to tropical Asia. The roots of the lotus grow into the mud, while the stem shoots up through the water with the flower itself finally resting on the water’s surface. It can be found in numerous colors, each of varying importance and meaning: white stands for spiritual perfection, pink is by far the most important, as it is associated directly with the Great Buddha himself, red signifies the purity of the heart, and blue represents the victory over the senses. The whole of the lotus flower represents the progression of the soul as one learns and practices the Buddhist teachings. “A fully opened lotus flower...

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