February 12, 2011

The Symbol of Nepal- Buddha's Third Eyes

Location: Kathmandu, Nepal (27°42'26.99"N 85°18'43.60"E)
Date: 7 May 2003; 3.20pm

Camera: Canon G1

The Buddha Eyes, also known as Buddha's Third Eyes or Wisdom Eyes symbolizes the omnipresence or all-seeing of a Buddha. In Nepal, Buddha Eyes can be found on virtually every stupa; so prevalent that they are considered the symbol of Nepal itself. This is quite remarkable considering that the majority of Nepalis are Hindus. With each pair of eyes, there is also a curly symbol between the eyes that looks very much like a question mark - this is the Nepali character for number 1 and symbolizes the unity of all the things and the one way to reach enlightenment—through the Buddha's teachings.

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