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The Eight Auspicious Symbols of Tibetan Buddhism

As a combination of eight mascots in Tibetan tradition, the Eight Auspicious Symbols are the most common symbols around Tibet. Those who come for a Tibet tour  could find them depicted in most places there like Thangka, the floors of some monasteries, and most of the Tibetan’ houses. The 8 auspicious symbols are bound up with Buddha and the Buddhist culture. The origin of these symbols could date back to the age of Buddha even earlier. Besides Tibetan areas and India, the 8 auspicious symbols can be also found in some countries of Asia. The Eight Auspicious Symbols including The Lotus, The Auspicious Knot, The Twin Golden Fishes, The Parasol, The Canopy of Victory, The Wheel of The Law, The Dragon Vase, and The White Conch. Each of them is a symbolic representation of Buddhist teaching and blessing. The Lotus The Lotus symbolizes the tongue of Buddha. It’s usually described as the symbol of purity. In the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, the lotus means the highest state of spir

Ramoche Temple

As a holy place in Lhasa Tibet , Ramoche Temple is located to the north of Barkhor Street at a distance of about 500 meters. It had been built from 641 AD by the order of Princess Wencheng who is the wife of the great Tubo King Songtsen Gampo. Ramoche Temple and Jokhang Temple are known as twins from the beginning. With an area of about 4,000 square meters in total, Ramoche Temple is one of the most ancient temples in Tibet. It had been designed with a mixed style of Han culture and Tibetan culture. When you enter this historical remains, you will find a beautiful courtyard lies in front of you. Keep walking on and you will see the main shrine with a gatehouse and a cloister for the pilgrims. The gatehouse is a wonderful building with three storeys. The ground floor is a spacious hall with 10 pillars, which diameter is about 0.8 meters. Every pillar is surrounded by three cupreous hoops with petal patterns carved on its surface. The foremost one is embossed with the gem, square hel

Namtso lake

Located in the central regions Tibet, Namtso lake is the second largest lake on this snow-covered plateau. Namtso means a lake in the heaven. According to local folklore, the lake got its name from its high position which made it seems to touch the sky. Namtso lake lies to the west of Lhasa in Tibet at a distance of nearly 240 km. As the highest large lake in the world, it likes a girl sleeping in a place with an elevation of 4,718 meters and with an area of 1,920 square kilometers. Namtso lake like a huge precious mirror inserted on the vast grassland of North Tibet. The water in the lake is very pure and presented fantastic sky blue. There are three main islands stood in the lake. A variety of birds could be found in this pure land due to the peaceful environment there. When summer comes, flocks of wild ducks will fly there and live around the lake. Many rare wild animals could be found in this area such as bears, wild yaks, foxes and some special fishes with little fish scale.