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Offline Maxwell89

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Question about necklace
« on: May 27, 2017, 01:03:25 pm »
I wasn't quite sure where to post this, although I'm not a Buddhist I found this necklace lying around (believe it belongs to an old friend who was a Buddhist). If I could get any insight into the meaning of the symbol it would be greatly appreciated.

Pictures: http://imgur.com/a/vSowF

Offline Rahul

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Re: Question about necklace
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2017, 03:05:26 am »
It is either from Cambodia or Thailand. It is a yantra supposed to protect the bearer from all evils.

The three-tiered symbol right above the circle symbolizes an 'arahant' - a person who has achieved buddhahood. The three tiers here are symbolic of: sīla (morals), samādhi (concentration) and paññā (knowledge). The circular pattern is a mandala or yantra, called Barami Pra Buddha Chao or the Buddha's blessings. Surrounding the circumference of the yantra is most likely some mantra (holy chanting believed to have powers). You can refer to some of the links below:

http://journal.samatha.org/issues/issue-3/na-yan-continued

http://www.soravij.com/showcase/yantra/yantra.html

You should contact someone following Theravada Buddhism, from Thailand/Cambodia, for more information.

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Re: Question about necklace
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2017, 03:29:34 pm »
Some words in relation of "buddhism" and "youn" (yantra)are maybe useful to be not guided astray, given on Bu-SE: Buddhism Thervada Tattoos
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Re: Question about necklace
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2017, 04:00:11 pm »
I wasn't quite sure where to post this, although I'm not a Buddhist I found this necklace lying around (believe it belongs to an old friend who was a Buddhist). If I could get any insight into the meaning of the symbol it would be greatly appreciated.

Pictures: http://imgur.com/a/vSowF


This looks like a Thai amulet of the popular monk Luang Phor Koon (LP Koon): http://www.amuletcity.org/lp_koon_biography.html

Images: https://www.google.com.au/search?q=MONK+LP+KOON&safe=active&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjez5-UtLnUAhXBupQKHa2-CUoQ_AUICigB&biw=1056&bih=507

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Re: Question about necklace
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2017, 07:41:08 pm »
Although I have never seen this before, It seems to match the one belonging to  your friend:

What Makes an Elder? :
A head of gray hairs doesn't mean one's an elder. Advanced in years, one's called an old fool.
But one in whom there is truth, restraint, rectitude, gentleness,self-control, he's called an elder, his impurities disgorged, enlightened.
-Dhammpada, 19, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

 


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