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Eight auspicious substances

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The eight auspicious substances (Sky. aṣṭamaṅgaladravya; Wyl. bkra shis rdzas brgyad) —

  1. the mirror (Skt. ādarśa; Wyl. me long)
  2. ghiwang medicine (Skt. gorocāna; Wyl. ghi wang)
  3. yoghurt (Skt. dadhi; Wyl. zho)
  4. durva grass (Skt. dūrvā; Wyl. rtsva dur ba)
  5. bilva fruit (Skt. bilva; Wyl. shin tog bil ba)
  6. a conch-shell that spirals to the right (Skt. dakṣiṇavartaśaṅkha; Wyl. dung g.yas dkyil)
  7. cinnabar (Skt. sindūra; Wyl. li khri)
  8. mustard seeds (Skt. sarṣapa; Wyl. yungs kar)

Further Reading

  • Dagyab Rinpoche, Buddhist Symbols in Tibetan Culture (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1995), '2. The Eight Bringers of Good Fortune'.
  • Robert Beer, The Handbook of Tibetan Buddhist Symbols (Boston: Shambhala, 2003), pages 16-26.

Source

RigpaWiki:Eight auspicious substances