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Classical grave stone

Abstract

This shape is common to the Shingon school of Japanese Buddhism and reflects its doctrines. The five geometric shapes of this stupa-like grave stone signify the five elements shared by all living things (from bottom to top, cube, sphere, pyramid, hemisphere, drop): earth, water, fire, air and space. Each of these elements has its own "seed" syllable or mantra, that is carved into the stone here in its Sanskrit form.

Note

Materials may be used for educational, non-commercial purposes only. Acknowledgment to be given to the IDEAS image database and the photographer. Photographer retains copyright.

Administrative Notes

Materials may be used for educational, non-commercial purposes only. Acknowledgment to be given to the IDEAS image database and the photographer. Photographer retains copyright.

Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:22064
Extent
640 w x 480 h, 72 ppi