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Dharma Wheel w/Sone .925 - 3444

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Double sided, wear with the stone showing or with the stone touching you. Approximately 3.7cm in diametre.

The dharma wheel, or dharmachakra in Sanskrit, is one of the oldest symbols of Buddhism.

 

A dharma wheel has three basic parts. The circle, the round shape of the wheel, represents the perfection of the dharma, the Buddha's teaching.The rim of the wheel represents meditative concentration and mindfulness, which hold practice together.The hub represents moral discipline.


The spokes signify different things, depending on their number.
 When a wheel has four spokes, which is rare, the spokes represent either the Four Noble Truths or the four dhyanas.
When a wheel has eight spokes, the spokes represent the Eightfold Path. An eight-spoke wheel is most commonly used to represent Buddhism.

When a wheel has ten spokes, the spokes represent the ten directions -- in effect, everywhere.

When a wheel has twelve spokes, they represent the Twelve Links of Dependent Origination.

When a wheel has 24 spokes, they represent the Twelve Links of Dependent Origination plus the reversing of the Twelves Links and liberation from samsara. A 24-spoke dharma wheel is also called an Ashoka Chakra, discussed below.

When a wheel has 31 spokes, the spokes represent the 31 realms of existence from ancient Buddhist cosmology.

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