Large Tibetan Hand Carved Wooden Jewelery box
Front : The Noble Eightfold Path
When the Buddha gave his first sermon in the Deer Park at Sarnath, near Varanasi, he began the 'Turning of the Dharma Wheel'. Just then, two deer emerged from the nearby forest and gazed directly at the wheel. To commemorate this first turning of the wheel, a dharma wheel and a pair of deer, male and female, sit atop every Buddhist temple and monastery. He chose the beautiful symbol of the wheel with its eight spokes to represent the Noble Eightfold Path . The Buddha's teaching goes round and round like a great wheel that never stops, leading to the central point of the wheel, the only point which is fixed, Nirvana. The eight spokes on the wheel represent the eight parts of the Noble Eightfold Path. Just as every spoke is needed for the wheel to keep turning, we need to follow each step of the path. The stance of the deer is also significant: their up-turned faces symbolize listening, their attentive gaze reflection, and their reclining posture, meditation.
Sides : Snow Lion
The Snow Lion is a mythical creature who inhabits Tibetís snowy peaks, dwelling only in the purest of environments, undefiled and fearless. White as the autumn moon, his mane is the colour of Tibetís pristine lakes and his roar symbolizes the sound of Emptiness, the essence of the Buddhist doctrine. He prances about, usually followed by his squeaky cubs who roll around in the snow. Sometimes he descends into the human realm, where he uplifts thrones and ornaments wall paintings
The Snow Lion represents unconditional cheerfulness, a mind free of doubt, clear and precise. It has a beauty and dignity resulting from a body and mind that are synchronized.
Beautifully Handcarved by Tibetans
Size : 13" Length x 6" height x 5 1/2" width