Figure 2-16.Wheel of Doctrine, or Wheel of Law is
of Buddhist belief. The spokes represent the
Figure 2-17.-The Chu Van. Symbolizing enlightment it
is often times placed upon the chest area of Buddhist
(spokes). The circle denotes the Buddhist concept of endless existence,
and the spokes signify either the Buddhist Eightfold Path or the twelve
Principles of Buddhism (see figure 2-16).
THE CHU VAN.This symbol is often found on Buddhist holy medals,
on pagodas as a decoration, and on the chest of the statue of Buddha. It is
symbolic of enlightenment (see figure 2-17).
BASIC BELIEFS AND TEACHINGS
Four Noble Truths are central to the teachings of Buddha: suffering plays
a great role in existence; suffering is caused by the desire for pleasure; by
destroying evil desire, we may become free from sorrow; and truth consists
of the Noble Eightfold Path which leads to the end of the suffering. The
Eightfold Path consists of: