CH - Glarus
of the symbol
the centre of the symbol is one of the most important medicinal
plants in Tibetan pharmacology. Terminali chebula (myrobalan), which
also embodies Tibetan Medical Science. The inner circle represents
the primary cause of all illnesses,namely the so-called unenlightenment.
The three fields in the circle symbolise the fruits of unenlightenment,
namely the three mental poisons of hate, greed and ignorance, with
their animal symbols, the snake, the bird and the pig. At the same
time, they embody the physiological links between the mental poisons,
namely the principal humoral fluids of "Lung, Tripa and Begen".
| These fields likewise
symbolise the main energy channels where the humoral fluids circulate,
namely "Rho-ma, U-ma and Ghang-ma". This circle also interprets the
close link between medicine and Buddhism, namely the circulation of
the Samsara (lifecycles) with its re-incarnations and the wheel of
Buddhism, the Dharma wheel. The medicinal plant in the centre symbolises
the elimination of illnesses and their causes, and thus generates
internal and external harmony. Likewise, the medicine Buddha carries
this important, highly potent medicinal plant in his right hand.