The 8th International Conference Buddhism & Australia
will be held on 7-9 February, 2019 in Perth, Western Australia.
READ MORE

Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia Illustrations
Some of the Buddhist Illustrations created by Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia
FREE for everyone to use

We would also appreciate your feedback on Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia. Please write feedback here
Here you can read media articles about the Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia which have been published all over the world.

Paypal-logo.jpg
Articles by alphabetic order
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
 Ā Ī Ñ Ś Ū Ö Ō
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0


Eight charnel ground ornaments

From Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Please consider making little donation to help us expand the encyclopedia    Donate Paypal-logo.jpg    Enjoy your readings here and have a wonderful day  


Charnel ground01.JPG

Eight charnel ground ornaments (Tib. དུར་ཁྲོད་ཆས་བརྒྱད།, Wyl. dur khrod chas brgyad ) of a wrathful deity are:

  1. The three garments (Tib.བགོ་བའི་གོས་གསུམ།, Wyl. bgo ba’i gos gsum): elephant, human, and tiger skin;
  2. Two fastened ornaments (Tib.གདགས་པའི་རྒྱན་གཉིས།, Wyl. gdags pa’i rgyan gnyis): human skulls and snakes; and
  3. Three smeared substances (Tib.བྱུག་པའི་རྫས་གསུམ།, Wyl. byug pa’i rdzas gsum): ashes, blood, and grease. [1]

These also form part of the ten glorious ornaments.

  • The three garments:
An elephant skin is a sign that ignorance has been subdued by the ten strengths;
A human skin is a sign that desire has been subdued by desireless great compassion; and
A tiger skin is a sign that anger or hatred has been subdued by wrathful compassion[2]
  • The two kinds of fastened ornaments:
Dried and fresh human skull ornaments, which are
The crown of five dry human skulls,
The garland of fifty fresh heads,
The bracelets of fragments of human heads. [3]
Snake ornaments:
The white-spotted snake hair ribbon, which symbolizes the subjugation of the caste of naga kings;
The yellow-spotted snake earrings, which symbolize the subjugation of the caste of naga nobility;
The red-spotted snake necklace which symbolizes the subjugation of the Brahmin caste of nagas;
The green-spotted snake bracelets which symbolize the subjugation of the ordinary caste of nagas; and
The black-spotted snake belt or sash which symbolizes the subjugation of the lowest caste of nagas. [4]
  • The three smeared substances which symbolize the subjugation of jealousy, are:
Ashes on the forehead,
Blood on the bridge of the nose, or the cheeks, and
Mouldy grease on the chin. [5]

Footnotes

  1. * Thinley Norbu, The Small Golden Key.
  2. * Ibid..
  3. * Ibid.
  4. * Ibid.
  5. * Ibid.

Source

RigpaWiki:Eight charnel ground ornaments