Victory Banner (Dhvaja)

The victory banner (dhvaja, flag) in Buddhism symbolizes victory of the Dharma over fear, ignorance, and death. The banner is drawn from Hindu religious symbolism, and is shared with the Sikh and Jain religions, after the standards carried into battle by military leaders. The emblems have similar meanings in all of these faiths; that is, the victory of doctrine over ignorance and evil. In Tibetan doctrine, specifically, the banner symbolizes victory over the four Maras, or great illusions, which bar the way to illumination: emotional defilement, lust, passion, and the fear of death.

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