84000 Glossary of Terms

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དཔལ་གྱི་བེའུ། | Glossary of Terms

  • དཔལ་གྱི་བེའུ།

  • དཔལ་བེའུ།
  • dpal gyi be’u
  • dpal be’u
  • śrīvatsa
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Literally “the favorite of the glorious one,” or (as translated into Tibetan) “the calf of the glorious one.” This is an auspicious mark that in Indian Buddhism was said to be formed from a curl of hair on the breast and was depicted in a shape that resembles the fleur-de-lis. In Tibet it is usually represented as an eternal knot. It is also one of the principal attributes of Viṣṇu. Together with the svastika and nandyāvarta, it forms the eightieth minor sign or mark of a buddha and other great beings (mahāpuruṣa).