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What are the things the Buddha carries?

There are a number of different manifestations of each Buddha and each one can hold various objects, or symbolically touch the ground, or hold the hands in various poses. The medicine Buddha holds a lotus flower and a bowl, for mixing medicines. Other Buddhas hold different objects, like a dorje (symbolic lightening bolt), a mandala (wheel of dharma), a sword or a drum. Each of these objects has different meanings, and is used to help practitioners concentrate on particular aspects of a teaching. The sword for example, is symbolic of the sword of wisdom, which cuts through illusions


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