David N. Snyder wrote:May 21, 1956
(Just kidding) I have no idea when it 'evolved' into the current ship's wheel design, but it seems okay considering that the first sermon the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta where the Buddha "sets in motion the wheel of Dhamma' which includes the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path, thus, 8 spokes seems appropriate, which is typical of a ship's wheel. I have heard one Mahayana monk describe the 8 fold-wheel as a ship's wheel in that we are the captain of our own "ship" controlling our own destiny, responsible for our own kamma. But it does seem to be a Western adaptation to the original Dhamma wheel of Ashoka, which as you say was smooth at the circumference.
Justsit wrote:Just in the interest of accuracy - rafts are generally steered with oars, poles, paddles, rudders, etc., especially in rural India. Rarely steering wheels!
Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:A valid point. The ship's wheel is not appropriate at all for the Dhammacakka.
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alan... wrote: i wasn't criticising the change, just curious as to how it came about.
Raitanator wrote:I think buddhist should follow their time. Both previous wheels seem to be a bit outdated. Especially now, with our modern technology, we should use a wheel that represents our time.
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