The Wheel of Dharma dangles from these wrist malas to remind you that a compassionate life well-lived is the way out of suffering.
Wearing the Wheel of Dharma can be a gentle reminder of the Buddha’s teachings and may instigate caring and kind words towards others.
I love so much of the Buddhist philosophy; and although I can’t call myself a Buddhist (so far, I’m just not that disciplined), I do practice many aspects along the Eightfold Path. This focus gives me great freedom, happiness, and peace of mind. It also helps me awaken to the impermanence of everything.
The Wheel of Dharma (also known as the Dharmachakra) symbolizes the Buddha’s teachings. The most common image is a wheel with eight spokes which represents the Noble Eightfold Path (below). Sometimes the wheel’s center is separated into three parts; these usually represent the Three Jewels (the Buddha, Dharma (teachings) and Sangha (other Buddhists)). The circular shape of the wheel symbolizes continued rebirth until one attains awakening.
The Eightfold Path of Buddhism, (the Middle Way), is the system of following eight principles to achieve spiritual enlightenment and cease suffering:
- Right view Understanding that the Four Noble Truths are noble and true.
- Right thought: Determining and resolving to practice Buddhist faith.
- Right speech: Avoiding slander, gossip, lying, and all forms of untrue and abusive speech.
- Right action: Conducting oneself through nonviolence (ahimsa), and refraining from any form of stealing or sexual impropriety.
- Right livelihood: Respect for life. Not slaughtering animals or working at jobs that force you to violate others.
- Right mental attitude or effort: Avoiding negative thoughts and emotions, such as anger and jealousy.
- Right concentration: Using meditation to reach the highest level of enlightenment.
- Right mindfulness: Having a clear sense of one’s mental state and bodily health and feelings.
When you wear one of these malas with intention, (not as just jewelry), I wish you the same peace of mind and gentle life.
Live in joy,