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The Wheel of Life: The Door to Nirvana


This depiction of the Wheel of Life shows the entry to Nirvana in the upper left-hand corner.

The upper left-hand corner of a Bhavachakra is filled with a scene or symbol representing liberation from the Wheel.

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In the upper left-hand corner of this depiction of the Wheel of Life is a temple with a seated Buddha. A stream of beings rise from the Human Realms toward the temple, which represents Nirvana. Artists creating a Wheel of Life fill this corner in various ways. Sometimes the upper left-hand figure is a Nirmanakaya Buddha, representing bliss. Sometimes the artist paints a moon, which symbolizes liberation.
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