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  Wheel of life - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The wheel of life is specifically known as bhavachakra or dharmachakra (the wheel of dharma).
The wheel of life is represented as being held by the jaws, hands, and feet of a fearsome figure who turns the wheel.
The wheel of life is one of the eight auspicious symbols of Tibetan Buddhism.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Dharma_wheel   (956 words)

 Encyclopedia: Dharma wheel
The wheel is represented in Unicode as ☸;.
The symbolism of the dharma wheel is often given as:
The first turning of the dharma wheel refers to Gautama Buddha's original teaching, in particular the Four Noble Truths which describes the mechanics of attachment, desire, suffering, and liberation via the Eightfold Path.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Dharma-wheel   (377 words)

Dharma in the sense of cosmological pattern, order or Universal Law is sometimes represented by a multi-spoked wheel in which each line actually represents ten, so the wheel is referred to as made of a thousand spokes.
Tenga Rinpoche explains that the wheels that appear as marks on the soles of Buddha Shakyamuni's feet are related to his generosity in exerting himself to accompany others on their way.
Buddha's teachings are represented by this wheel sometimes in the form of a studded chariot's wheel, or at places of instruction, as a wheel framed by a pair of deer.
www.khandro.net /ritual_wheel.htm   (889 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
In the early stone friezes at Sanchi, Mathura, Amaravathi and Nagarjunakonde the Buddha is represented by a symbol - the foot-print the wheel, the bodhi tree.
Where the Buddha is represented by the wheel, it is a plain and simple wheel, no different to the wheels of carts in friezes depicting scenes from the Vessantara Jataka or from the life of the Buddha, like the Tapassu Balluka brothers meeting with the Buddha within a few days after his enlightenment.
The wheel is not a symbol of Buddhism as the Cross is of the Christian religion.
www.buddhistnews.tv /current/dhammacakka-160603.php   (1270 words)

 The Dharma Wheel
Buddha's teachings, which are known as "Dharma", are likened to a wheel that moves from country to country in accordance with changing conditions and people's karmic inclinations.
The Dharma Wheel is used in Tharpa Publications' logo to symbolize the pure Dharma of Kadampa Buddhism spreading throughout the world through the works of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.
In the center of the Dharma Wheel is the logo of International Kadampa Buddhism - a radiant sun rising behind a snow-clad mountain.
www.tharpa.com /background/dharma-wheel.htm   (359 words)

 Wheel of life -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The wheel of life is one of the (Click link for more info and facts about eight auspicious symbols) eight auspicious symbols of (A Buddhist doctrine that includes elements from India that are not Buddhist and elements of preexisting shamanism) Tibetan Buddhism.
Buddhist wheels of life, often placed in the jaws of (Hindu god of death and lord of the underworld) Yama the lord of death, depicts the Six Realms of Existence:
The first turning of the dharma wheel refers to (Founder of Buddhism; worshipped as a god (c 563-483 BC)) Gautama Buddha's original teaching, in particular the (Click link for more info and facts about Four Noble Truths) Four Noble Truths which describes the mechanics of attachment, desire, suffering, and liberation via the Eightfold Path.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/w/wh/wheel_of_life.htm   (613 words)

 Tibetan prayer wheel, Prayer wheel: Benefits of tibetan prayer wheel
A Tibetan prayer wheel is a wheel on a spindle, and on the wheel are written or encapsulated prayers or mantras.
People turn the wheel day and night while walking or resting, whenever their right hands are free while murmuring the same mantra and carry Tibetan prayer wheel around for hours, and even on long pilgrimages, spinning them any time they have a hand free.
Tibetan prayer wheels vary in size from small (from 3 inches in height) to Larger Tibetan prayer wheels, which may be several yards (meters) high and one or two yards (meters) in diameter, can contain myriad copies of the mantra, and may also contain sacred texts, up to hundreds of volumes.
www.himalayanmart.com /tibetanprayerwheels/tibetanprayerwheels.php   (1888 words)

 ZPi | A Chip in the Wheel of Dharma
Dharma was a dog living in San Diego.
Dharma decided one day to escape, to make her way north to the freedom of the Republic of Cascadia, to elude the reach of the Cabal.
So, let the sad tale of Dharma be a lesson: never trust the Cabal; never get into the vans of strangers, no matter how friendly they may seem; and never, ever let your masters put a microchip under your skin.
www.zapatopi.net /blog?post=200407065650.A_Chip_in_the_Wheel_of_Dharma   (298 words)

 Advice on the Benefits of Prayer Wheels by Lama Zopa Rinpoche   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
One of the benefits of the prayer wheel is that it embodies all the actions of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the 10 directions.
All the beings (not only the people but also the insects), in the area where the prayer wheel is built are saved from rebirth in the lower realms; they receive a deva or human body, or are born in a pure land of Buddha.
The wind that touches the prayer wheel is blessed by the power of the prayer wheel and then has the power to purify the negative karmas and obscurations of any being it touches.
www.fpmt-osel.org /teachings/wheels.htm   (1946 words)

 Buddhist Studies: Dharma Wheel, Dharmacharka
The wheel symbolise the Wheel of Buddhist Law, the endless cycle of birth and rebirth.
The early Dharma Wheels followed the India tradition having many spokes as shown by this Dvaravati style from the 7th - 9th century.
Modern versions of Dharma Wheels often have four spokes, symbolizing the Four Jinas or the four 'moments' in the life of the Buddha; or with eight spokes, or octagonal, symbolizing the Noble Eightfold Path.
www.buddhanet.net /e-learning/history/bud_wheel.htm   (111 words)

 Hermetic Art Gallery The Wheel of Dharma   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The 3 legged man is from the Meditation of creation (the 3 Mothers) the image is an adaptation from a Celtic creation story and the line goes like this, "The first man had 3 legs turned himself into a wheel and rolled through the mists of time".
From the meditation the verse continues, "Time is of the essence" -- layered over the 3 legged man is a clock refering to the essence of time - the clock has 12 numbers.
The 12th path upon the kabbalistic tree of life is that of Byth 2 - the Magician tarot card -- here the Magician is at an alter with the 4 hermetic elemental weapons potentially controlling the elements.
www.spirituallife.com.au /wheel-of-dharma.htm   (421 words)

 Prayer Wheels: Tibetan Spiritual Technology
Larger wheels, which may be several yards (meters) high and one or two yards (meters) in diameter, can contain myriad copies of the mantra, and may also contain sacred texts, up to hundreds of volumes.
Smaller mounted wheels can be spun by the heat rising from a flame or by steam from a stove, or placed on a tabletop to be spun by hand.
wheels are always spun clockwise, as viewed from above, for any or all of several reasons: It rotates the syllables of the mantra so that they would pass a viewer in the order that they would be read, it follows the direction of the sun, and it matches the clockwise circumambulation of stupas.
www.dharma-haven.org /tibetan/prayer-wheel.htm   (1536 words)

 Naropa Online   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Seal contains at its center the "wheel of dharma" or wheel of the teachings, which could be interpreted as meaning the power, communication, and spread of true teachings.
At the center of the wheel of dharma is the "coil of joy" which symbolizes the transformation of the three "poisons" (passion, aggression and ignorance) into three "wisdoms" (appreciation, clear seeing, and openness).
The wheel of dharma further has a secular origination in that a great monarch could roll the wheels of his/her chariot over great distance, thereby spreading teachings and understanding into the world.
www.naropa.edu /distance/orientation/seal.htm   (259 words)

 The Three Vehicles of the Teachings of the Buddha - at the Karmapa website
When we speak of dharma, we usually refer to the teachings given by the Buddha, but in fact dharma has two meanings: one is the scriptural dharma that came down to us from the Buddha and the other is the dharma of realization.
Actually, the root of all dharma is realization, meaning that one understands the true nature of phenomena just as it is. To obtain such understanding, one has to develop all the good qualities of meditation with much diligence, effort, and perseverance.
The second wave of teachings called the second turning of the wheel of dharma are the teachings on emptiness and on the Prajnaparamita teachings.
www.kagyuoffice.org /buddhism.3vehicles.html   (2862 words)

 Still II ~ Eight
"The Dharma Wheel is used internationally by Buddhists of all sects.
Golden deer & the 'wheel of the Dharma' on the roof of the Jokhang temple in Lhasa
"The 'Dharma Wheel' is a metaphor for the unfolding and maturation of the Dharma in the world, once it has been revealed by a Buddha.
www.songsouponsea.com /Promenade/Still2A5.html   (799 words)

 Doboom Tulku
The one with a golden wheel had to just send word to the people of a region that he wanted to conquer their area -- they would themselves come and receive him as their king and crown him.
The centre or the hub of the wheel is shila or moral discipline.
The whole wheel therefore represents the three sikshas: shila or discipline, prajna or wisdom and samadhi or mindfulness.
hem.bredband.net /ritnyb/doboom.html   (726 words)

 FPMT Resources
When you place the Dharma wheel in the fire, any sentient being who smells the smoke and all those migrators who see the light of the fire will be liberated from the sufferings of the lower realms.
If you place the Dharma wheel in the ground, all those migrator beings who receive the dust and the sentient beings abiding in that ground will be liberated from the sufferings of the lower realms.
When you carry the Dharma wheel and meet other sentient beings, even those who have killed their father or mother will be liberated.
www.fpmt.org /resources/lzrbenefits.asp   (1991 words)

The wheel of dharma is an ancient symbol of creation, sovereignty and protection which represents motion and change.
Buddhism adopted the wheel to symbolise the Buddhas teachings, the wheel being identifies as "dharmachakra" or wheel of law.
In Tibetan this means the "wheel of transformation" or spiritual change, and can represent the overcoming of all obstacles and illusions.
www.angelfire.com /fl2/cloudbase/SDBG.html   (469 words)

 Keeping the Wheel Turning
The first turning of the dharma wheel, the teaching of the Four Noble Truths by Shakyamuni was, in a sense, the first instant of dharma communications.
When Zen Mountain Monastery was established by John Daido Loori in 1980, Dharma Communications was established with it as a way of recognizing and supporting lay practitioners who were unable to draw directly on the face-to-face support provided by the teachers and communities due to distance or other life circumstances.
As we roll into the new millennium, Dharma Communications is contemplating a major move — construction of a new facility, a 9,000 square foot building that will be the home of its offices and studios.
www.mro.org /mr/archive/18-3/articles/wheel.htm   (1750 words)

 Tantricheartwheels - Lineage   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Naga King Bodhisattva replied, "This wheel of Dharma, which has the quality of quickly liberating all transmigrators from the great suffering of the three lower rebirths merely by hearing, seeing, touching or thinking of it, was kindly given to us in the past by the Buddha Mar Mezed, and has given nagas much happiness.
This Dharma Wheel is the wheel of the mantra Om Mani Padme Hung, the essence mantra Arya Chenrezig received from the Buddhas upon request, and which represents the essence of all the qualities of body, speech, mind and actions of the Buddhas.
The wheel was passed on to Master Nagarjuna together with its instructions for use.
www.tantricheartwheels.com /4.html   (287 words)

 The Buddhist Channel | Healing & Spirituality | Slow and steady wins this life
Bangkok, Thailand -- The Wheel of Dharma, which the Buddha turned metaphorically in his first sermon after Enlightenment some 2,500 years ago, is rolling on, as a new breed of bikers hits the road.
The front wheel is called kong lor mak paed, or the Wheel of the Noble Eightfold Path.
The rear wheel is kong lor haeng santipab or the Wheel of Peace.
www.buddhistchannel.tv /index.php?id=7,132,0,0,1,0   (1288 words)

 Prayer Wheels - Land of Medicine Buddha - A Center for Healing & Developing a Good Heart
The one outside the gompa is one of the most powerful Prayer Wheel on this planet, packed with 64 billion om mani padme hum mantras, microfilmed from an original written by His Holiness Dalai Lama.
The Prayer Wheel is a manifestion of the Holy Speech of the Compassion Buddha.
Even if you don’t have much intellectual understanding of Dharma, even if the only thing you know is om mani padme hum, still the happiest life is one lived with an attitude free of the eight worldly concerns.
www.medicinebuddha.org /prayer_wheels.htm   (4471 words)

 Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The wheel consists of three basic parts: the hub, the rim, and spokes (generally eight in number).
Individually, the rim represents the element of limitation, the hub is the axis of the world, and the eight spokes denote the Eightfold Path set down by the Buddha, which leads to the cessation of all suffering.
Hence, Buddha's first discourse at the Deer Park in Sarnath is known as the 'first turning of the wheel of dharma.' Likewise, his subsequent discourses at Rajgir and Shravasti are known as the 'second and third turnings of the wheel of dharma.'
www.thaiexotictreasures.com /new223439.html   (2719 words)

 The Eight Auspicious Symbols
Buddhism adopted it as a symbol of religious sovereignty and an emblem that spreads the truth of dharma.
The wheel is an ancient Indian symbol of creation, sovereignty, and protection which represents motion, and change.
Buddhism adopted the wheel to symbolise the Budhha's teachings, the wheel being identified as 'dharmachakra' or wheel of law.
www.karmapa.org.nz /prayers/teach/symbols.html   (646 words)

 Visit Lord Budha - Sarnath   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Other teachings, such as those on the Vinaya and on the practice of close placement of mindfulness, were given elsewhere, but the wheel was turned twelve times at Sarnath.
Dhamekha seems to be a distorted form of Dharma Chakra which means turning the wheel of the Dharma.
The wheel symbolises samsara (world), the eternal round of existence which goes on and on, life after life because of ceaseless cravings and desire.
www.visitlordbuddha.com /cities/sarnath.htm   (1332 words)

 Wheel of Life
As dismal as the situation may appear at first glance, in each of the realms is depicted a symbol of the dharma providing the opportunity for liberation from the repetitious situation known as samsara.
The Wheel is a depiction of existence with all its conditions and circumstances that is generally called samsara (or sangsara) -- the unsatisfactory cycle of death and rebirth that can continue endlessly unless we work to change that situation.
The wheel does not consist of literal places in time and space.
www.khandro.net /doctrine_rebirth.htm   (1735 words)

 The Speaking Tree: The Turning of the Wheel of Dharma   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
wheel represents a whole corpus of teachings to the Buddhist.
The wheel that was far above all these wheels was the Wheel of Dharma or
The centre or the hub of the wheel is shila or moral
www.tibet.ca /en/wtnarchive/2000/10/9_2.html   (590 words)

 Ch. 17 "Discrimination of Merit and Virtue"
When seeking the Dharma you must be upright and proper and act always as if the Buddha were right in front of you, right behind you, and to the left and right of you.
The nine directions represent the nine Dharma Realms, that is, the Ten Dharma Realms minus the Dharma Realm of the Buddhas.
The Sutras are the Dharma spoken by the Buddha.
online.sfsu.edu /~rone/Buddhism/BTTStexts/Lotus17.htm   (11327 words)

 Wisdom - Our Catalog   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has said that whether an action becomes a practice of Buddhism, of Dharma, is primarily dependent on the motivation and understanding of the person doing the action.
Understanding precisely how relating to an outer object such as a stupa or a prayer wheel can help one to train one's mind and to develop positive inner qualities is a very subtle and complex subject.
Though Tibetans may begin engaging in the prayer wheel practice based on faith, I suspect that most continue to engage in it based on their own experience of its leading to more peaceful, joyful, and virtuous mental states.
www-dev.wisdompubs.com /html/catalog/search/index.cfm?productID=0861711742&txtFile=0861711742-excerpt-Table_of_Contents_and_Excerpts.html   (1073 words)

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