Re: wheel

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Posted by Tim ( on November 14, 2000 at 03:02:48:

In Reply to: wheel posted by L. Greene on November 11, 2000 at 16:33:45:

In Buddhism, everything is cyclical...our lives, the lives of the universe, how we act in our lifetimes. Throughout history, one of the most common symbols for cyclical behavior is the wheel.

In traditional Buddhism, the wheel represents the dharma teaching, and is called the "dharma-chakra". It has eight spokes representing the Eightfold Path. According to one tradition, the wheel of the dharma was set into motion on three occasions: when the Buddha spoke his first sermon, when the Mahayana began, and when the Vajrayana began.

Today the wheel often has a more general meaning...the wheel stands for the "big" dharma, with its implied understanding of rebirth, but it also stands for the cycles within our own lives, as we crave, get things, then crave again. In effect, the universe is seen as a myriad wheels within wheels within wheels.


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