From Timeout Chicago
There seem to be swastikas on the outside of the Tree Studio Gallery
Should I be wildly enraged, or just angry?
Oh crap, that’s our building, too, not just the Tree Studio Gallery! What gives?!?
What can the internet’s all knowing oracle (wikipedia) say about this?
Buddhism originated in India in the 5th century BC and inherited the manji or swastika. Also known as a “yung drung” in ancient Tibet, it was a graphical representation of eternity. Today the symbol is used in Buddhist art and scripture, known in Japanese as a manji (literally, “the character for eternality” è¬å—), and represents Dharma, universal harmony, and the balance of opposites. When facing left, it is the omote (front) manji, representing love and mercy. Facing right, it represents strength and intelligence, and is called the ura (rear) manji. Balanced manji are often found at the beginning and end of Buddhist scriptures (outside India). One can see swastika on the Pillars of Ashoka where the swastika is a symbol of the cosmic dance around a fixed center and guards against evil.
Wowza, a “graphical representation of eternity” with aspects of love, mercy, strength and intelligence. You can see why the Nazis appropriated the right symbol (strength/intellect) and forgot about the left (love/mercy).
Now that we know, we’ll do our best to keep spiritually aligned with our Buddhist architects, infusing our work with a sense of the eternal and mercy for people who use what we build.
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