Tex wrote:Curious what the significance is (if any) of having 12 spokes on the wheel instead of 8 to represent the 8-fold path, like in Ven Appicchato's avatar?
The three ways one must comprehend/implement each of the four noble truths: http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
And, monks, as long as this — my three-round, twelve-permutation knowledge & vision concerning these four noble truths as they have come to be — was not pure, I did not claim to have directly awakened to the right self-awakening unexcelled in the cosmos with its deities, Maras, & Brahmas, with its contemplatives & priests, its royalty & commonfolk.
Footnote: The discussion in the four paragraphs beginning with the phrase, "Vision arose...," takes two sets of variables — the four noble truths and the three levels of knowledge appropriate to each — and lists their twelve permutations. In ancient Indian philosophical and legal traditions, this sort of discussion is called a wheel. Thus, this passage is the Wheel of Dhamma from which the discourse takes its name.