The Conch Shell: Eight Auspicious Symbols Card, by Kumar Lama

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The Right-Turning Conch

Early Buddhists adopted the conch as an emblem of the Buddha’s teachings. The conch symbolizes the Buddha’s fearlessness in proclaiming the truth of the dharma, and his call to awaken and work for the benefit of others. One of the thirty-two major signs of the Buddha’s body is his deep and resonant conch-like voice, which resounds throughout the ten direction of space.

The eight auspicious symbols are the most well know group of Buddhist symbols, and are traditionally listed in the order of: (1) a white parasol; (2) a pair of golden fishes; (3) a treasure vase; (4) a lotus; (5) a right-spiraling white conch shell; (6) an endless knot; (7) a victorious banner; (8) a golden wheel.

In the Buddhist tradition these eight symbols of good fortune represent the offerings present by the great Vedic gods to Shakyamuni Buddha upon his attainment of enlightenment.

This beautiful card print comes from an image painted by the artist Kumar Lama.

Card measures 5" x 7", and is a textured folding greeting card with a blank interior, that comes in a plastic sleeve.  

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