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Ghau BOX

Tibetan Buddhist prayer boxes are also called Ghau Prayer boxes are small amulet containers that can be worn as jewelry. Prayer boxes usually contain a written prayer or a sacred mantra diagram such as the kalachakra. The mantra is wrapped around the inside of the prayer box. Some prayer boxes are also empty and you can put your own message inside. Our Tibetan prayer boxes are made from sterling silver, gold, and copper. Chains and cords for our prayer boxes, and small gift bags for our jewelry, are available in our jewelry accessories section. If you are interested in pendants, please see our Tibetan silver pendants and Sterling Silver Pendants sections.
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The major religion in Tibet is Buddhism.  Followers of Tibetan Buddhism make use of a type of prayer box known as a Gao (sometimes spelled "Gau" or "Ghau").  Gao amulets are also found in Nepal, Mongolia and Bhutan.  Most are made of silver, but gold, brass and other metals may also be used.  An ornate patten is usually engraved on the box, as well. 
The gao is used within this tradition as an amulet - a ritualistic object believed to provide protection from evil.   A gao box is often embedded with semi-precious or precious stones or coral.  Turquoise and red coral are especially favored in the design of Tibetan prayer boxes.  Other gems used often by the Tibetan silversmith are amber, lapis lazuli carnelian, garnets, amethyst, and even rubies, sapphires and emeralds.

The gao is usually worn around the neck and hung close to the heart.  Within it is placed a scroll upon which is written or printed a prayer or sacred symbol.  These scrolls are typically prepared and blessed by a Buddhist priest.  In this use, the gao is not unlike a transportable shrine. In lieu of a prayer, the gao might also be used as a container for holding herbs, stones or other objects believed to have protective powers.
The Tibetan Buddhist might also place an image of Buddha or other deity inside the prayer box.  A gao might even be designed with an opening that allows the person to view the image throughout the day.  Alternatively, a cast form of the deity may ornate the surface of the gao.  
A ghau box was traditionally used by the Tibetans during their travels to hold their sacred deity inside. They open in the back to hold a sacred item of your choosing. Ghau boxes were traditionally used as portable shrines which contained small amulets for prayer.The prayer box can exorcism and bless safety when you wear it. It is a great piece of valuable collection or a very good present and definitely an exquisite and valuable antique for collector to grab Don't miss out this chance to get it !

8 auspicious symbol:

1. Material: Yak bone 2.made in traditional way by skilled handicraftsman in Chamdo, Eastern of Tibet. You can find more instruction about Tibetan 8 auspicious symbol below in this page. The eight Buddhist auspicious symbols consist of - a parasol, pair of golden fish, the great treasure vase, a lotus, the right turning conch, the endless knot, the banner of victory and the wheel of dharma. These originated from a group of early Indian symbols of royalty which were presented at special ceremonies such as the coronation of a king. The symbols differed between different groups, for example the Jains and Newar Buddhists.

In Buddhism these symbols of good fortune represent the offerings that were made by the gods to Shakyamuni Buddha immediately after he attained enlightenment. Brahma appeared offering the thousand spoked golden wheel as a request to Shakyamuni to turn the teaching wheel of dharma. Indra appeared presenting the right spiraling conch shell as a symbol of the proclamation of the dharma and Sthavara presented the golden vase full of the nectar of immortality.

The Protection Parasol

The parasol or umbrella is an Indian symbol of both protection and royalty. The shadow protects from the heat and sun, and the coolness of the shade represents protection from the heat of suffering, desire, obstacles and illness. Different traditions have developed many designs of the parasol. The parasol dome can symbolise wisdom and the hanging skirt, compassion.

The Golden Fish

The golden fish symbolise happiness, due to their freedom in water, and fertility and abundance, due to their ability to multiply quickly.. The symbol is a common auspicious symbol in the Hindu, Jain and Buddhist traditions, which originated as being a symbol of the two main sacred rivers the Yamuna and Ganges in India, which represent the lunar and solar channels. In Egypt the pair of fishes symbolised the River Nile, and early Christianity adopted the symbol as an emblem of Christ.

The Great Treasure Vase

The Treasure Vase is modeled on the traditional Indian clay water pot. The Tibetan design is very ornate with lotus petal designs. The scarf is a silk cloth from the god realm and the upper opening is sealed with a wish granting tree, with the roots retaining the water of longevity to create all the treasures. The 'inexhaustible treasures' possess special qualities, so that however much is removed from the vase, it will always remain full. Therefore it symbolises long life and prosperity.

The White Lotus

The lotus is the symbol of purity. It is able to grow and blossom from the muddy water, and therefore is a symbol of divine generation. The lotus is used to depict this purity in different forms. The lotus on the throne implies immaculate conception and therefore the being is innately divine. Deities are often depicted holding a lotus as a symbol of their purity, compassion, renunciation and perfection of qualities.

The Right-Turning Conch

The conch shell is derived from ancient Indian stories that describe how heroes of mythical warfare carried a large while conch shell. It is a symbol of power and sovereignty, the sound believed to banish evil spirits, scare away harmful creatures and avert natural disasters. Buddhism adopted it as a symbol of religious sovereignty and an emblem that spreads the truth of dharma.

The Endless Knot

The endless knot overlaps without a beginning or an end, symbolising the Buddha's endless wisdom and compassion. It indicates continuity as the underlying reality of existence.

The Banner of Victory

The victory banner originates from the victory banner that was a military standard carried in Indian warfare. It was adopted as the symbol of Buddha's enlightenment. In Tibetan Buddhism it is said to symbolise the methods for overcoming the defilements-the development of knowledge, wisdom, compassion, meditation, and ethical vows.

The Wheel of Dharma

The wheel is an ancient Indian symbol of creation, sovereignty, and protection which represents motion, and change. Buddhism adopted the wheel to symbolise the Budhha's teachings, the wheel being identified as 'dharmachakra' or wheel of law. In Tibetan this means 'the wheel of transformation' or spiritual change, and can represent the overcoming of all obstacles and illusions.