What are the possible symbols of mercy and/or compassion in Buddhism? As always answers with supporting references are appreciated.


Take a look at the 8 auspicious symbols,

Auspicious Drawing, sometimes refereed to as the infinite knot represents the intertwining of wisdom and compassion.

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The manji (Japanese Buddhism) is said to represent love and mercy, in certain situations. This symbol should not be confused with the swastika, which is completely different.

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The right hand of this statue shows the Varada Mudrā which represents generosity and compassion.

  • Nice, can't believe I forgot to look for mudras
    – hellyale
    Jan 25 '16 at 17:34

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