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Buddhist symbolism

Buddhist symbolism is the method of Buddhist art to represent certain aspects of dharma, which began in the fourth century BCE. Anthropomorphic symbolism appeared from around the first century CE with the arts of Mathura the Greco-Buddhist art of Gandhara, and were combined with the previous symbols. Various symbolic innovations were later introduced, especially through Tibetan Buddhism.
Buddhism is full of symbols. Although the Buddha lived in the 6th century BCE, according to tradition, statues of the Buddha and buddhist symbols did not appear in India until around the 3rd century BCE. Since then these symbols have represented certain aspects of the Buddha and conveyed the core principles of Buddhism. As Buddhism spread to other countries, the different buddhist traditions transmitted their teachings through the use of various symbols which is believed to be the key to the survival of Buddhism.
These symbols may invoke inner peace and contentment or awaken deeper states of mind in those who see them. Each symbol is unique and holds a different meaning or convey a different message. It may inspire us to achieve our greatest aspirations, values, and potentials. Here are some of the most inspiring buddhist symbols and their meaning.