Saturday, October 27, 2007
The Buddhist flag. May it be a symbol of tolerance
I like the Buddhist flag not only because it is one of the most colourful flags but it conveys a great message. May it be a symbol of tolerance. May it remind us of compassion.
The Buddhist flag is a modern creation and it was jointly designed by Mr J.R. de Silva and Colonel Henry S. Olcott to mark the revival of Buddhism in Ceylon in 1880. It was accepted as the International Buddhist Flag by the 1952 World Buddhist Congress.
The flag was from the six colours of the aura that he believed shone around the head of the Buddha after His Enlightenment.
The first five stripes of the flag are of five colours.
Blue : Universal Compassion
Yellow : The Middle Path
Red : Blessings
White : Purity and Liberation
Orange : Wisdom
The sixth colour is a conglomeration of the five, but for the design, it has been separated into its constituent colours.
(on a day Nilvala and I went to Gal Viharaya, Polonnaruwa)
Posted by Jagath Dheerasekara at 11:11 PM