Tibetan Wheel of Life
-Represents Samsara - world of suffering
Outside the Wheel
- the Buddha - the enlightened one - the one who is 'awake to the truth' and has broken free from the world of Samsara
- rabbit represents story from Jataka tales in which a previous incarnation of the Buddha sacrificed himself to save another's life.
Yama - Lord of Death
- whole of Samsara is in the grip of Yama.
Central Circle - 3 poisons
- pig = ignorance - not understanding the truth
- cockerel = greed, craving = cause of suffering
- snake = hatred
- 3 poisons 'turn' the wheel, life of samsara is driven by the poisons
- people moving up represent postive Karma
- people moving down represent negative Karma
The Six Realms
They can be interpreted in different ways -
1) Literally - some Buddhists believe they are actual places you can be reborn into
2) Lifestyles - they represent the kind of general lifestyle that people might have
3) Psychological - they represent states of mind - in this case you could move into several realms in one day.
- Heaven - the realm of the Gods - the rich and the famous are worshipped by some people
- Asuras - the jealous warriors - they are desperate to get into the…