is a sacred suite of Eight Auspicious Signs
endemic to a number of religions
such as Hinduism
, and Buddhism
. The symbols or "symbolic attributes" (Tibetan
) are yidam
and teaching tools. Not only do these attributes (or energetic signatures) point to qualities of enlightened mindstream
, but they are the investiture that ornaments these enlightened "qualities" (Sanskrit: guṇa
). Many cultural enumerations and variations of the Ashtamangala are extant.
Sequences of symbols
Different traditions order the eight symbols differently.
Here is the sequential order of the Eight Auspicious Symbols.
- Endless knot
- Lotus flower
- Dharmachakra (fly-whisk in Nepali Buddhism)
- Golden Fish