REL101Symbols - Daniel McAree REL 101 Symbols The religion...

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Daniel McAree REL 101 Symbols The religion of Buddhism is based around the teachings of the Buddha, the ideal human being who reached Nirvana, or Enlightenment. Dharma is a key concept in Buddhism and is considered to be the sum total of the Buddha’s teachings. The spiritual community is known in Buddhism as Sangha. The Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha are all connected through the symbol of the Wheel, known either as the Eight-Spoked Wheel or Dharmachakra. The Wheel is commonly seen as a prominent symbol in Buddhist tradition as Dharma translates to truth and chakra translates to wheel so it may be understood as the “truth-wheel” for people. In India, the wheels similar to the Wheel used today by Buddhists were used as far back as 272 B.C.E. in different types of Indian art. Buddhists followed this Indian model first by simply using a wheel as a symbol for the cycle of birth and rebirth and later on making it an eight-spoked wheel to represent the Noble Eightfold Path as well. The Noble Eightfold Path is
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This note was uploaded on 09/19/2011 for the course REL 101 taught by Professor Idk during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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REL101Symbols - Daniel McAree REL 101 Symbols The religion...

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