Talisman | Lion
The Lion spirit animal is the symbol of unrivaled courage.
In many countries and belief systems the Lion stands for a fearless, positive and dignified force who offers security and a strong sense of control.
The Lion, with its proud noble features, is seen as a universal symbol of strength and has a natural air of authority.
In Buddhism, the Lion is considered very important as they are representative of and referred to as 'the sons of Buddha'.
They are symbolic of bodhisattvas who are beings who have achieved a higher plane of spiritual development.
To do this, they have to understand and practice the main six paramitas of concentration, charity, morality, patience, effort and wisdom. Only then can they become 'Buddha's Lions'.
The Lion is also associated with the City of Venice in acting as a guarding patron by assisting Saint Mark.
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