Wheel of Existence
Tibet; 19th century
Pigments on cloth
C2006.66.131 (HAR 78)
The wheel of existence is a representation of Buddhist beliefs about the cycle of life, death, and rebirth known as samsara. The energy produced by one’s past actions (karma) is the force that traps beings within this cyclic existence. Practitioners can determine their place within the concentric circles of the wheel, which delineate the various realms of being.
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