World Buddhist University Emblem
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World Buddhist University Emblem
The emblem of the World Buddhist University consists of the triratna symbol above the Dhammacakka (or dharmacakra) inside the shield with ribbon imprinted with ‘The World Buddhist University.’ The description of the emblem is as follows:
(a) The Triratna (Pali: tiratna) is a Buddhist symbol thought to visually represent the Three Jewels of Buddhism (the Buddha, the Dharma, the Sangha). It is sometimes also known as Nandiyavatta which means turning the wheel of dharma clockwise symbolising the deliverance of the first sermon of the Buddha. The Triratna symbol is composed of dhammacakra within a circle, a diamond rod or Vajra, and a trident with three branches, representing the threefold jewels of Buddhism: the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha.
(b) The trident jewels also represents three virtues of the Buddha which accordingly developed to be the current main lineages of Buddhism. Each lineage of Buddhism emphasises on different Buddha’s virtues: Vajrayana (emphasis on wisdom virtue-Buddha), Theravada (emphasis on purity virtue-dharma) and Mahayana (emphasis on compassion-sangha).
(c) Dhammacakka, meaning the wheel of Dhamma, refers to the First Sermon which is called "Dhammacakkappavattanasutta" that the Buddha gave to the first five disciples by which the wheel of Dhamma began revolving to reveal the truth of life. The Blessed One pointed out the true condition of life in the Four Noble Truths and the middle way of practice of "Majjhima Patipada" that leads to extinction of suffering according to the Eightfold Noble Path symbolized by the eight spokes in the Wheel of Dhamma, meaning thereby the wheel of proclaiming the Dhamma began to move and has been revolving ever since.
(d) The two ends of diamond Vajra in between dhammacakra and trident jewels are Buddhist wisdoms including sustainable growth and perpetuity of Buddhism on compassion and wisdom by which Buddhism has brought enlightenment to mankind in order to refine our thought and action.
(e) The trident jewels represents not only Buddhist triple gems but an ABC of Buddhism itself. Buddha is Awakening, Dharma is Balance and Sangha is Compassionate community, the ABC of Buddhism. Moreover, it represent heart of Buddhism: sīla as community, Samādhi as balance, and Paññā as Awakening.
(f) The middle of the trident jewel is the heart of the Buddha, education for awakening (Nibbāna), which can apply both in secular (lokiya) and sacred (lokuttara) worlds represented by two stems of lotus flowers spring out left and right of the heart of the Buddha.
(g) The colouring of the emblem are made of colour of the Buddhist flag. The six vertical bands of the flag represent the six colours of the aura emanated from the body of the Buddha when he attained the Buddhahood. Each colour represents: Blue (Nīla): The Spirit of Universal Compassion, Yellow (Pīta): The Middle Way, Red (Lohita): The Blessings of Practice–achievement, wisdom, virtue, fortune and dignity, White (Odāta): The Purity of Dhamma–leading to liberation, timeless, Orange (Manjesta): The Wisdom of the Buddha's teachings. The sixth vertical band, on the fly, is made up of a combination of rectangular bands of the five other colours, and represents a compound of the other five colours in the aura’s spectrum. This compound colour is referred to as the Truth of the Buddha's teaching Pabbhassara (‘essence of light’).
(h) All the essence of Buddhism is ‘One Buddhism’ represented by the shield.
(i) The ribbon imprinting ‘The World Buddhist University’ decorating the shield depicts that the WBU’s prime task is to preserve, promote, and propagation of that very ‘One Buddhism.’ The ultimate goal of the World Fellowship of Buddhists, the mother organization of the WBU.