An Explanation of the Dudjom Dharma Flag

Discipline comes first. So just as the earth is said to be the support for all qualities, the base of the design represents ethical discipline, which is signified externally by the the vows of individual liberation.  The lotus flower with its fruit in the middle of the design signifies the bodhisattva vehicle together with the result of this path. Just as lotus flowers grow out of mud without being stained by it, bodhicitta means remaining in samsara yet being unaffected by its faults.  The golden vajra at the top of the design symbolizes Secret Mantra Vajrayana.  This is the quintessence of the Perfect Buddha’s wisdom speech, like pure refined gold – the vehicle of Secret Awareness-Holding Mantra.  Furthermore the vajra signifies the dharmakāya nature of wisdom mind, which is unchanging and characterized by the seven aspects of indestructibility.  The vajra also symbolizes wisdom speech, training disciples through the lotus eyes of sambhogakāya, which are said to gaze upon all
beings with compassion.  The lotus symbolizes nirmanakāya, pristinely blooming and untarnished by faults and defects.   Similarly the base, like a throne, symbolizes the Dharma King Trisong Detsen.  The lotus symbolizes the great Khenpo Bodhisattva, and the vajra symbolizes the Lake-Born Vajra, Guru Rinpoche.  So they represent the three: Khenpo Shantarakshita, Padmasambhava and King Trisong Detsen. The radiance of five-colored lights symbolizes the five paths, the five kāyas, and the five wisdoms.  From within the lotus, which is shaped like a crown, the encircling light radiance symbolizes the three vehicles spreading everywhere.  This also signifies the precious teachings of the Buddha, carried by the prayers of these three peerless masters – Khenpo Shantarakshita, Padmasambhava and King Trisong Deutsen, who are worthy to be placed upon the crown of our heads – spreading everywhere and leading all beings to the path of liberation.








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