Number 8 in Buddhism
The Eightfold Path
The Eightfold Path is also known as “The Middle Way”.
This is the way Buddhist followers go to achieve Nirvana and the end of suffering.
1. Right understanding
2. Right thought
3. Right speech
4. Right action
5. Right livelihood
6. Right effort
7. Right mindfulness
8. Right concentration
Buddha’s Birthday is celebrated on the eighth day of the fourth month in the Chinese Lunar calendar.
Bodhi Day is celebrated on the eighth day of the twelfth month in the Chinese calendar. In Japan it is always celebrated on December 8th.
This is the day Siddhartha sat down under the Bodhi tree determined to remain there until he had received enlightenment.
The Eight Immortals – Taoist Philosophy
The Eight Immortals were not gods, but had earned eternal life.
They had supernatural powers and mastered magic. They could fly through the air at very high speed. Their mission was to fight evil.
They were happy wine drinkers, Chinese folk religion sometimes refer to them as “The Eight Drunken Immortals”.
The Eight Immortals – Temple in Hue, Vietnam
Number 8 in Buddhism – Auspicious Symbols
Buddhist missionaries brought these eight auspicious symbols to China.
They are known as the Ashtamangala.
They are often used in art and in the household.
1. Lotus flower
2. Endless knot
3. Golden fish pair
4. Victory banner
5. Wheel of Dharma
6. Treasure vase
8. Conch shell