An Explanation of the Symbolism of the National Flag of Tibet.
In the centre stands a magnificent thickly snow clad mountain, which represents the great nation
of Tibet, widely known as the Land Surrounded by Snow Mountains.
Across the dark blue sky six red bands spread representing the original ancestors of the Tibetan
people: the six tribes called Se, Mu, Dong, Tong, Dru and Ra which in turn gave the [twelve]
The combination of six red bands (for the tribes) and six dark blue bands for the sky represents
the incessant enactment of the virtuous deeds of protection of the spiritual teachings and secular
life by the black and red guardian protector deities with which Tibet has had connection for
a very long time.
At the tip of the snow mountain, the sun with its rays brilliantly shining in all directions
represents the equal enjoyment of freedom, spiritual and material happiness and prosperity by
all beings in the land of Tibet.
On the slopes of the mountain there proudly stand a pair of snow lions blazing with the manes
of fearlessness, which represent the country's victorious accomplishment of a unified spiritual
and secular life.
The beautiful and radiant three coloured jewel held aloft represents the ever-present reverence
respectfully held by the Tibetan people towards the Three Supreme Jewels (the Buddhist objects
of refuge: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha).
The two coloured swirling jewel held between the two lions represents the peoples' guarding
and cherishing the self discipline of correct ethical behaviour, principally represented by
the practices of the ten exalted virtues and the 16 humane modes of conduct.
The surrounding border of yellow adorning the perimeter represents the spread and flourishing
in all directions and times of the purified gold like the teachings of the Buddha.