Dharmacakra - «wheel of law» - decoration of the Buddhist altar. Early 19th century.

Dharmacakra - «wheel of law» - decoration of the Buddhist altar. Early 19th century.

Dharmacakra is the symbol of Buddha's teaching on the path to Enlightenment. It is a stylized wheel with eight spokes set on the lotus platform and framed with the aureole of fire. The spokes of the wheel symbolize the Nobel Eightfold Path: 1) the right view, 2) the right intention, 3) the right speech, 4) the right action, 5) the right livelihood, 6) the right effort, 7) the right mindfulness, 8) the right concentration. The representation of the three jewels (Triratna) - symbol of Buddha, Dharma (Teaching) and Sangha (Community) - is set with lazuli, coral and turquoise in the center of the wheel

The representation of the wheel of Teaching was placed as an object of worship on the altars of Buddhist temples in Tibet, Mongolia and Buryatia.