Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Deer and Chakra wheel

Why Deer statue/image along with Chakra is seen in the monastery buildings?

Deer has a symbolic relation with Lord Buddha. Deer are a direct reference to the Buddha's first teaching in the Deer Park, Sarnath (Varanasi), also called Dharmachakra Parivartan.

The suggestion is that so wondrous was the Buddha's appearance and peaceful his presence that even the animals came to listen his teachings.

Especially in the Bhutanese tradition, a monastery, which holds the Kangyur and Tengyur collections of texts, would have this symbol of deer on both sides of the Dharma-wheel on the roof.

Depiction of Deer Dharma Charka is also seen in many monasteries in Bhutan, Tibet and some Indian states.

When we take a long journey and when we see a deer on the way, it is considered good omen.

So my deer friends always have a soft heart to the deer and never ever think of hunting and eating it.

Eating deer's meat is directly hurting Buddha.

Cultivate Generous Thought and practice giving gifts to the Sanghas.

The Buddha once explained that it is a meritorious act even to throw away the water after washing one's plate with the generous thought:...