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Buddhism symbol Dharmachakra

The wheel (Skt. chakra; Tib. 'khor lo) is one of the most important Buddhist symbols, as it represents the teachings of the Buddha. The Buddha was the one who "turned the wheel of the dharma" and thus the wheel symbol is the Dharmachakra, or "wheel of law." The Tibetan term for this symbol, chos kyi'khor lo, means "the wheel of transformation." (Also see the and and )

The wheel's motion is a metaphor for the rapid spiritual change engendered by the teachings of the Buddha: the Buddha's first discourse at the Deer Park in Sarnath is known as the "first turning of the wheel of dharma." (See a )

His subsequent discourses at Rajgir and Shravasti are known as the "second and third turnings of the wheel of dharma." The eight spokes of the wheel symbolize the set out by the Buddha in his teachings.

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Dharmachakra with flanking deer, atop the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, Tibet. Photo: Philip Lai.

Wheel on the ceiling of a Buddhist monastery in Sikkim, Himalayas. Photo: Chirantan Mandal.

The wheel also represents the endless cycle of samsara, or rebirth, which can only be escaped by means of the Buddha's teachings. And some Buddhists regard the the wheel's three basic parts as symbols of the "three trainings" in Buddhist practice: The hub symbolizes moral discipline, which stabilizes the mind. The spokes (usually there are eight) represent wisdom which is applied to defeat ignorance. The rim represents training in concentration, which holds everything else together. (See and )

The wheel was a common symbol in early Buddhist art, before the introduction of Buddha images. In those days, the Dharmachakra symbolized not only the Buddha's teachings but the Buddha himself. On the tops of the pillars built by Emperor Ashoka (272-32 BC), four carved lions and four wheels face the four directions to proclaim the Buddhist Dharma throughout India. (See )

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What is the Buddhist symbol for strength?

there is brute strength and there is spiritual strength.
I would say the latter is non-violence in Buddhism, and
therefore all buddhist symbols represent strength.
Further than that you would have to look into Hindu, or Vedic,
symbolism I'm afraid.

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What is the buddhist symbol for air?

My and my parents are all getting buddhist symbols for a family tattoo. My mom is getting water, my dad fire, and I am getting air. However, I can't find the symbol for air or even wind anywhere... Please help!!

I would say the latter is non-violence in Buddhism, and
therefore all buddhist symbols represent strength.
Further than that you would have to look into Hindu, or Vedic,
symbolism I'm afraid.

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What is the Buddhist symbol?

There are many different symbols in Buddhism, but there isn't one in particular that signifies all Buddhism, like the cross is a symbol of Christianity.
The lotus flower, the wheel of Dharma, the dorje (lighting bolt) and the mandala are a few symbols used in Buddhism to help people remember the underlying principles.
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