The Eight Auspicious Symbols

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Dear Venerable Tenzin Bhikkhu, what is the significance of the Ashtamangala in the Monijiao and Zhangzhung Shenpo traditions?

In Buddhism, including the school of Monijiao and the Tibetan Zhangzhung Shenpo (Chinese and Tibetan Manichaeism), we have what we refer to as the Ashtamangala or the Eight Auspicious Symbols. Every culture, from India to China has its own symbols and signs that have religious and spiritual significance.

It is often very difficult to establish the origin or dates of such symbols, but here I will explain the significance of the Ashtamangala according to Monijiao, which is shared by Zhangzhung Shenpo.
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