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Buddha Bracelets, Jewelry and The Fashion of Peace

Oct 6th 2016 at 5:49 AM

Buddha Jewelry Isn't Necessarily for Prayer

As our interest in the Buddha’s teachings deepen, it’s not unusual to want to bring Buddhist notions into every part of our life, like the kind of jewelry we wear.

The most common types of Buddhist jewelry worn by women and men are pendant necklaces depicting other auspicious Buddhist symbols or the Buddha.

In Buddhism we’re taught that objects, such as bracelets, and external properties cannot bring us lasting happiness. But if Dharma items are purchased by us with the aim to elevate our practice, this type of materialism could be said as the item can remind us to practice more spiritual qualities like compassion and tolerance in our everyday life to be a sort of skillful means. Then our continued practice actually becomes a cause of awakening and ever-lasting happiness.


Although materialism isn't something we'd generally associate with spirituality, some Buddhist teachers have warned their students about the risks of it entering ones ’ practice. The Tibetan Buddhist master, Chögyam Trungpa, famously coined the term ‘spiritual materialism’ when he wrote the novel, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism. He explained in great detail how many practitioners make the error of using spirituality to strengthen their identity and ego-grasping.

When buying Dharma things, there is certainly a real risk that we're able to use such things to further fortify our identity as a Buddhist, and put an excessive amount of identification on the label of being a Buddhist rather than what it really means to be Buddhist.

Instead, everything on the Buddhist path is meant to soften our heart and head, and reduce our egocentric grasping, in order that we become more kind, compassionate and more conscious of the basic Buddhist principles in daily life (like the Four Noble Truths).

To be a Buddhist practitioner means to look at ways of developing and practicing our spiritual qualities in every scenario that we find ourselves in through the entire day. It’s not enough to have a theoretical comprehension of the teachings, a head saturated in the ability or knowledge to interpret the Pali scriptures.

The effect of the teachings has to be like pouring sweet milk into water – it must blend entirely with our thoughts so that there's no separation of our life and the Buddhist principles. If the teachings or practices are not helping us to be more mindful, humble, tolerant and kind, but simply encourages our self, then we have to take a closer look at how we’re incorporating (or failing to integrate) the practices into our lives.

And as it takes effort and time for that lotus to grow from the darkness and mud, with a bit of diligence and joyous effort, our head become a source of our awakening and can grow into something brilliant and wonderful.

The Wheel of Dharma (also referred to as the Dharmachakra) symbolizes the Buddha’s teachings. Most common is the wheel with eight spokes which symbolizes the Noble Eightfold Path (practicing Right View, Right Action, Right Mindfulness, etc.). Sometimes the wheel’s centre is divided into three components; these typically represent the Three Jewels (the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha).

The circular shape of the wheel may also symbolize the doctrine of continuing reincarnation until one achieves awakening. The Buddha was said to have impression of a thousand-spoke wheel on each of his soles of his hands and feet.

Do you wear any Buddhist pendants or jewelry? Have you ever found them helpful in your practice?

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