The Endless Knot in Buddhism

The Endless Knot is one of the important and auspicious symbols among the eight other Auspicious symbols in Buddhism. As mentioned in the previous posts about the importance of Lotus i.e. bloomed Lotus flowers, Endless Knot is considered as the most important symbols being the only meaningful symbols in the entire religion in the world even though the design and architecture of endless knot is nothing sort of eye catching and deeply intriguing. The Endless knot is depicted as an intricate pattern of various lines interlacing. And these interlacing lines are interlaced in never-ending loops.

The endless knot is considered as the important religious as well as cultural marker in Tibetan Buddhism which is vastly followed in Tibet, Mongolia, Tuva, Buryatia etc. But the endless knot is also found in various Buddhist countries tradition such as Chinese Buddhism, especially Chinese cultural art as well as Celtic art. The meaning behind this auspicious symbol is quoted below:

“Without Beginning or End, It is an intricate design of looped interlaced lines that weave in and out of each other to form a beautiful lattice pattern.”

Interpretation of Endless Knot

Every symbols in Buddhism has their unique Spiritual representation. But the most significant and divine significance of Endless knot is the connection one’s spiritual path, the movement of eternal time. The endless knot is also the connection between one’s spiritual path with Omnipotent Lord Buddha himself.

The endless knot provides the perspective to the Buddhist practitioner especially sitting in front of Buddha statues to let go of the situation that are quite challenging and to see the opposing sides of the situation in order to see in to the new lights.

All the twisted turns and opposite turns in this symbols clearly represents that all the sentient beings in this world are interconnected through this interlaced lines. This symbols is quite the different than the duality that existed in Buddhist tradition because the endless knot is the perfect representation of unity in all the space and universe.

As the Dhammapada said:

“Conquer the angry man by love.
Conquer the ill-natured man by goodness.
Conquer the miser with generosity.
Conquer the liar with truth.”


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