The White Conch Symbol in Tibetan Buddhism

Posted in on 7-20-12




A right-spiraled conch is a rare find and is considered sacred in Buddhism. Its direction is thought to be consonance with the movement of celestial bodies in the universe. Curiously, the whorls of hair on the Buddha’s head are right-directional; so is his body hair and the curl between his eyebrows. His navel too, is shaped like the right turning conch shell.

Today, the conch is used as a summons to prayer. During rituals, it is used to hold holy water and as a musical instrument. The conch proclaims the widespread influence and sovereignty of Buddha’s teachings. It is emblematic of great spiritual power and its resonance is thought to cast out evil spirits.