Canopy and Parasol

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Canopy and Parasol

One of the eight auspicious symbols is a parasol, depicted as held by the deity at left.  Here, it symbolizes Refuge -- supreme protection.

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In the tropics the parasol or umbrella is a symbol associated with royalty.  Its purpose is not only to protect by creating shade; it designates the dignitary proceeding through a throng of people. 

In Holy Teachings of Vimalakirti  (trans. R. Thurman) a wondrous canopy is created which does not create shade.  It does the opposite; it sheds light.





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