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Bhavacakra, aka: Bhava-cakra; 2 Definition(s)


Bhavacakra means something in Buddhism, Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism


bhavacakka : (nt.) the wheel of rebirth.

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English DictionaryPali book cover
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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

General definition (in Buddhism)

The Bhavacakra is a complex symbolic representation of samsara in the form of a circle. Sanskrit: mandala; Tibetan: khor.lo), used primarily in Tibetan Buddhism. Samsara is the continuous cycle of birth, life, and death from which one liberates oneself through enlightenment.

(Pali: bhavacakka) or Wheel of Becoming (Tibetan srid pai khor lo)

Legend has it that the Buddha himself created the first depiction of the bhavacakra, and the story of how he gave the illustration to King Rudrayana appears in the anthology of Buddhist narratives called the Divyavadana.

The Bhavacakra is also called:

  • Wheel of life
  • Wheel of existence
  • Wheel of becoming
  • Wheel of rebirth
  • Wheel of samsara
  • Wheel of suffering
  • Wheel of transformation
Source: WikiPedia: Buddhism

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