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བཀྲ་ཤིས། | Glossary of Terms

    བཀྲ་ཤིས།

    bkra shis

    svastika

  • Term
Publications: 3
Translation by Peter Alan Roberts
  • Svastika
  • བཀྲ་ཤིས།
  • bkra shis
  • svastika
  • swastika

In later Tibetan translations, it is translated as g.yung-drung. In the early translations, it is bra shis and in the Mahāvyutpatti dictionary it is bkra shis ldan, while g.yung-drung translates nandyāvarta. It is an auspicious sign in Indian culture, and it is one of the auspicious marks on the chest of the Buddha, as well as the śrīvatsa.

Translation by Anna Zilman · Adam Krug
  • Svastika
  • བཀྲ་ཤིས་ལྡན།
  • bkra shis ldan
  • svastika

An ancient Indian symbol of auspiciousness and eternity.

Translation by Mattia Salvini
  • Svastika
  • བཀྲ་ཤིས།
  • bkra shis
  • svastika

A special symbol, considered auspicious in many South Asian traditions, whose name is derived from the word svasti, which is often used as a greeting.