Eight auspicious symbols
The eight auspicious symbols (Skt. aṣṭamaṅgala; Wyl. bkra shis rtags bryad) are:
The Most Precious Parasol
Protects from suffering, destructive emotions, illness, harm and obstacles.
The Auspicious Golden Fishes
They stand for fearlessness, freedom and liberation, as well as happiness, fertility and abundance.
The Wish-fulfilling Vase of Treasure
An inexhaustible source of long life, wealth, and prosperity, which fulfils all one’s spiritual and material wishes.
The Exquisite Lotus Blossom
Stands for purity of mind and heart, and transformation, as well as compassion, and all perfect qualities.
The Conch Shell of Far Renown
Symbolizes the far-reaching melodious sound of the spiritual teachings.
The Glorious Endless Knot
The sign of interdependence, of how everything in the universe is interconnected.
The Ever-Flying Banner of Victory
Means victory over all disagreement, disharmony or obstacles, and the attainment of happiness, both temporary and ultimate.
The All-powerful Wheel
Symbolizes the teaching of Buddha, and is the source of spiritual values, wealth, love and liberation.
- Dagyab Rinpoche, Buddhist Symbols in Tibetan Culture (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1995), '1. The Eight Symbols of Good Fortune'.
- Robert Beer, The Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols (Boston: Shambhala, 2003), pages 1-15.