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Buddhist Flag, medium
Buddhist Flag, medium

Our Price: $28.00
Members Price: $25.20

Product Code: 14641

This modern flag was designed by the Theosophist Colonel Olcott in 1888 to mark the revival of Buddhism in Ceylon in 1880. It was accepted as the International Buddhist Flag by the 1952 World Buddhist Congress. The flag has become quite popular and can be seen flying at many Tibetan Monasteries and homes of Dharma practitioners.
Colonel Olcott designed a flag from the six colors of the aura that he believed shone around the head of the Buddha after His Enlightenment. In the past 50 years the colors of the stripes have changed, at least in the Tibetan communities. There is an explanation for this: To most Tibetans the colors of the stripes represent the different colors of Buddhist robes united in one banner. Tibetan monastic robes are maroon so the orange stripes in the original design are often replaced with maroon.
That put us at Radiant Heart Studios in a bit of a quandary. We attempt to keep strictly to tradition but in this case we have deviated a little in favor of honoring the Tibetans (whose religions traditions have already suffered enough). Since our flags are made by Tibetans we couldn't very well ask them to leave the maroon out.
Anyway,whatever the exact colors, the sentiment of the Universal Buddhist flag is one of uniting and honoring the diversity of Buddhist paths.

90% Cotton - 10% Polyester, 33 inch x 25 inch

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5 of 5 This flag is wonderful. July 8, 2007
Reviewer: Charles  Sienkiewicz from Catawissa , PA United States  
I had bought this flag to hang outside my home during Vesakh, and when I got it seeing it was cotton I thought the colors might run when it rained. Boy was I wrong I have had it up since Vesakh in May(the rainy month) and it still looks the same as when I bought it (it is now July). This flag is wonderfully made and a great way to show your support for Buddhism.

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