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Religion and the arts:The number 108 is considered sacred in many
Eastern religions and traditions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism,
Sikhism and connected yoga and dharma based practices. The individual
numbers 1, 0, and 8 represent one thing, nothing, and everything
(infinity). 108 represents the ultimate reality of the universe as
being (seemingly paradoxically) simultaneously One, emptiness, and
Hinduism For example: Hindu deities have 108 names, while in Gaudiya
Vaishnavism, there are 108 gopis of Vrindavan. Recital of these names,
often accompanied by counting of 108-beaded Mala, is considered sacred
and often done during religious ceremonies. The recital is called
namajapa. Accordingly, a mala usually has beads for 108 repetitions of
The distance of Sun from Earth divided by diameter of Sun and distance
of Moon from Earth divided by diameter of Moon is approximately equal
to 108. It is claimed that the great sires of Vedanta knew this
relationship and thus 108 is a very important number in Vedantic
BuddhismLikewise: Tibetan Buddhist malas or rosaries (Tib. ཕྲེང་བ Wyl.
phreng ba, "Trengwa") are usually 108 beads;1 sometimes 111
including the Guru Bead(s), reflecting the words of the Buddha called
in Tibetan the Kangyur (Wylie: Bka'-'gyur) in 108 volumes. Zen priests
wear juzu (a ring of prayer beads) around their wrists, which consists
of 108 beads.
Japa Mala, or Japa beads, made from Tulasi wood. Consisting of 108
beads in total + the head bead.The Lankavatara Sutra has a section
where the Bodhisattva Mahamati asks Buddha 108 questions and
another section where Buddha lists 108 statements of negation in the
form of "A statement concerning X is not statement concerning X".
In a footnote, D.T. Suzuki explains that the Sanskrit word translated
as "statement" is "pada" which can also mean "foot-step" or "a
position." This confusion over the word "pada" explains why some have
mistakenly held that the reference to 108 statements in the
Lankavatara refer to the 108 steps that many temples have.
In some schools of Buddhism it is believed that there are 108
defilements.In Japan, at the end of the year, a bell is chimed 108
times in Buddhist temples to finish the old year and welcome the new
one. Each ring represents one of 108 earthly temptations a person must
overcome to achieve nirvana.