Buddhist Objects


The articles in this section explore the form, function and symbolism of the rich variety of objects used in the ritual and symbolic art of Buddhism.


  • Begging Bowlhttp://www.religionfacts.com/buddhism/objects/begging-bowl

    What is a Begging Bowl? In Buddhism, the begging bowl, or alms bowl, is one of the simplest but most important objects in the daily lives of Buddhist monks...

  • Buddha Imagehttp://www.religionfacts.com/buddhism/objects/buddha-image

    The first centuries of Buddhism saw very few visual representations of the Buddha, with Buddhist art consisting mainly of symbols. But beginning the 1st century AD, the Buddha image emerged and went on to become one of the most important ritual items in Buddhism...

  • Buddhist Mandalashttp://www.religionfacts.com/buddhism/objects/mandala

    Mandalas are works of sacred art in Tantric (Tibetan) Buddhism. The word "mandala" comes from a Sanskrit word that generally means "circle," and mandalas are indeed primarily recognizable by their concentric circles and other geometric figures...

  • Buddhist Monastic Robeshttp://www.religionfacts.com/buddhism/objects/monastic-robe

    In Buddhism, the clothing worn by Buddhist monks and priests varies greatly, from the simple saffron robes of the monks of Thailand and Sri Lanka to the highly elaborate robes and headdresses of the Tibetan lamas...

  • Incense Burnershttp://www.religionfacts.com/buddhism/objects/incense-burner

    In Buddhism, incense burners, or censers, are used in all Buddhist cultures and denominations. The burning of incense takes place both in the home and in the temple, and serves as an offering to the Buddha or various deities...

  • Mala: Buddhist Rosary Beadshttp://www.religionfacts.com/buddhism/objects/mala

    In Buddhism, a japa mala or mala is an eastern rosary with 108 beads. The mala is used both in Hinduism and Buddhism for counting mantras, chants or prayers...

  • Tibetan Prayer Wheelhttp://www.religionfacts.com/buddhism/objects/prayer-wheel

    In Buddhism, a prayer wheel is of a hollow metal cylinder, often beautifully embossed, mounted on a rod handle and containing a tightly wound scroll printed with a mantra...

  • Tibetan Singing Bowlhttp://www.religionfacts.com/buddhism/objects/singing-bowl

    In Buddhism, the singing bowl is a ritual object used in the Himalayan region (Tibet and Nepal) since ancient times. When "played" with a wooden stick, the metal bowl emits a resounding sound that assists in meditation and releases mantras...

  • Tibetan Skull Cuphttp://www.religionfacts.com/buddhism/objects/skull-cup

    In Buddhism, the skull cup, or kapala (Sanskrit), is a cup made of the oval upper section of a human cranium. Skull cups are used primarily in Tibetan rituals and symbolic art...

  • Tibetan Thangkashttp://www.religionfacts.com/buddhism/objects/thangka

    In Buddhism, a Thangka is a painted or embroidered banner which was hung in a monastery or a family altar and carried by lamas in ceremonial processions...