Saturday, February 21, 2015

What is the meaning of the eternal knot symbolism in Buddhism?

The endless knot or eternal knot is a symbolic knot and one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols. It is an important cultural marker in places significantly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. It is also sometimes found in Chinese art.

The endless knot has been described as "an ancient symbol representing the interweaving of the Spiritual path, the flowing of Time and Movement within That Which is Eternal. All existence, it says, is bound by time and change, yet ultimately rests serenely within the Divine and the Eternal.

Various interpretations of the symbol are:
- The eternal continuum of mind.
- The endless knot iconography symbolised Samsara i.e., the endless cycle of suffering or birth, death and rebirth within Tibetan Buddhism.
- The inter-twining of wisdom and compassion.
- The union of wisdom and method.
- Since the knot has no beginning or end it also symbolizes the wisdom of the Buddha.
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