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  dharmachakra in Tibetan Buddhism

 

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In Tibetan Buddhism, the dharmachakra takes the form of a wheel with eight spokes, with at the end of each of the spokes a lotus bud, or another ornament, such as a wishing jewel, here even in groups of three at ends of the horizontal and vertical spokes.

 

These additional ornaments at the outer edge of the wheel make the shape of the Mahayana dharmachakra reminiscent to that of a ship's wheel. At the axis of this one is the ananda-chakra (fig.).

 

  dharmachakra in Tibetan Buddhism