"Buddhist Cosmos" Wall Clock
The perfect gift for people interested in Buddhism, cosmology, or unusual timepieces...
This unique wall clock features a Buddhist map of the cosmos. This map is the basis of the Buddhist symbol of the stupa--the dome shape we see on the tops of temples. In the map, the stupa is called the "Primordial Hillock" and incorporates the shape of ancient, pre-Buddhist burial mounds. (The stupa shape can of course be found in many natural formations as well.) The hill represents the earth in its most primal state, like a lump of clay in the hands of a potter or sculptor. The central axis (the line reaching up to the zenith) can be likened to the sacrificial stake and to the concept of the "axis mundi" (connecting the earthly realm to the spiritual). In Norse religions, this is the World Tree, and for the Buddhists it's the Bodhi tree of enlightenment. Below the primordial hillock and feeding the world axis is the primordial ocean, which represents the sea of consciousness, or the cosmos, or all that is uncreated. This map also depicts the cycle of the sun as well as the water cycle, showing how everything works in harmony, how everything revolves, and how cycles are always repeated. The elements of earth (hillock), water (ocean), fire (sun), and air (realm of clouds) are all represented. The concept of yin and yang is also shown through the light upper half and the dark lower half (complete with black sun). The concept of reincarnation is seen in the half sun of the sunrise (birth), full sun of the zenith (peak of life), half sun of the sunset (maturity), and dark sun of night (death).
The clock is 10 inches in diameter, with a black plastic case. Made in the USA. Requires 1 AA battery (included).