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Endless knot

One common form of the Endless Knot
More decorative
More complex form seen on ca. 400-year-old Chinese lacquerware dish.

The endless knot or eternal knot (Sanskrit: Shrivatsa; Tibetan Dpal be'u) is a symbolic knot and one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols. It is an important cultural marker in places significantly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism such as Tibet, Mongolia, Tuva, Kalmykia, and Buryatia. It is also sometimes found in Chinese art and used in Chinese knots.


  • Interpretations 1
  • Endless knots in other cultures 2
  • See also 3
  • Notes and references 4
  • External links 5


The endless knot has been described as "an ancient symbol representing the interweaving of the Spiritual path, the flowing of Time and Movement within That Which is Eternal. All existence, it says, is bound by time and change, yet ultimately rests serenely within the Divine and the Eternal."[1] Various interpretations of the symbol are:

Endless knots in other cultures

See 7₄ knot for decorations or symbols in other cultures which are topologically equivalent to the interlaced form of the simplest version of the Buddhist endless knot.[2]

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ Anna, Christina (2012). "Ancient Symbols". Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  2. ^ "7_4", The Knot Atlas.

External links

  • "The Endless Knot (Skt. shrivatsa; Tib. dpal be'u)",
  • "The Endless Knot Symbol in Buddhism",
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