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In the Tibetan Buddhist world view, the six realms of existence (Gods, demigods, humans, animals, hungry ghosts, and hell-beings) are all held in the grasp of the Lord of Death. In the center of the wheel are the three root poisons of desire, hatred, and ignorance symbolized by the cock, snake, and pig, and on the outer rim are the twelve links of dependent origination by which all causes and effects are determined. The ultimate goal, shown by the monks in the left inner circle and the Buddha in the upper right, is to follow a path that frees one from these cycles.

Here a fragment of a giant Wheel of Life painted on an outside wall in Punakha dzong. As in most monasteries in Bhutan and Tibet there are lots of draperies around, floating in the wind, giving some sort of animated life to all these magnificent paintings.

To Jean-Yves's suggestion (PixelTerror) I added a picture of the environment in a workshop in order to give some context. The Wheel of Life painting is not on the picture, but it is on the right of the other painting in he lower right corner.

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Additional Photos by JM Hullot (vincz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2604 W: 77 N: 5252] (19113)
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