The Eightfold path was created by Buddha as the method to attaining enlightenment. It is the method to ending suffering in this life, as stated in the Four noble truths. The common symbol for it is the Wheel of Life, in which each spoke respresents a different part. They are as follows in clockwise order:
Although there are many symbols in Buddhism, the Eight Auspiscious Symbols, otherwise known in Sanskrit as "Ashtamangala" (ashta meaning eight and mangala meaning auspicious) are the most popular symbols in Buddhism.
Each of the eight symbols is associated with the physical form of the Buddha.
The Swastika The Swastika is a well-know good-luck symbol from India. Unfortunately, it is too well known in the west, as the Nazis chose it as their main symbol. In Sanskrit, swastika means "conducive to well-being". In the Buddhist tradition, the swastika symbolizes the feet or footprints of the Buddha and is often used to mark the beginning of texts. Modern Tibetan Buddhism uses it as a clothing decoration. With the spread of Buddhism, it has passed into the cultures of China and Japan where it has been used to symbolize plenty, abundance, prosperity and long life.