Snow Lions or Snow Leopards

by MBC

Learn why when In Tibet You See Snow Lion Statues Everywhere. What do they represent?

In the East the snow lion symbol is associated with fearlessness, dominance over mountains, and the earth element. The snow lion is a celestial animal of Tibet. In Buddhism the Snow Lion protects Buddha in paintings and sculptures. The body of the Snow Lion is white while its mane, tail and legs are blue, green or turquoise. There is a rare breed of mastiff dog known as a snow lion and it has been used for millennia to guard women and children.

See the smile? That's because the snow lion represents the primordial playfulness of 'joy' and 'bliss'. In myth the Snow Lion does not fly, but their feet never touch the ground.

The first time I was exposed to the snow lion was at a dance performance at the University of Denver. It was delightful - also they offered the skeleton dance which was fun too.

You will see two snow lions on the flag of Tibet because The Snow Lion is the National Emblem of Tibet.

The first time I was exposed to the snow lion was at a dance performance at the University of Denver. There were actually two dances - one was the dance of the snow lion and the other one was the skeleton dance - both were delightful! In some of Southeast Asia the word for a snow lion is a Singh and they represent guardian spirits. In Tibet the word for snow lion is senge.

Example of a Temple Quality Snow Lion Pair

Snow Lion Pair
Snow Lion Pair

The Four Dignities Quote by Rudy Harderwijk

"The Snow Lion resides in the East and represents unconditional cheerfulness, a mind free of doubt, clear and precise. It has a beauty and dignity resulting from a body and mind that are synchronized. The Snow Lion has a youthful, vibrant energy of goodness and a natural sense of delight. Sometimes the throne of a Buddha is depicted with eight Snow Lions on it, in this case, they represent the 8 main Bodhisattva-disciples of Buddha Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha."

I Just Created a Snow Lion Snow Globe on Zazzle

This Snow Lion is a Real Beauty!

They are also known as snow leopards

According to Buddhism, the Snow Lion resides in the East and represents unconditional cheerfulness, a mind free of doubt, clear and precise. It has a beauty and dignity resulting from a body and mind that are synchronized. The Snow Lion has a youthful, vibrant energy of goodness and a natural sense of delight. Sometimes the throne of a Buddha is depicted with eight Snowlions on it, in this case, they represent the 8 main Bodhisattva-disciples of Buddha Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha.

Associations: main quality is fearlessness, dominance over mountains, and the earth element.

Lego Snowlion Art - Photo Taken at Denver Zoo

Snow Leopard or Snow Lion
Snow Leopard or Snow Lion
My personal photo

The Endangered Snow Lion

Save it before it completely vanishes

Contribute to the Snow Leopard Conservancy. Snow lions can be found in Mongolia, China, Russia, Pakistan, India and Nepal. They usually live above 10,000 feet in elevation in Central Asia and can jump up to 30 feet. We try to track them electronically in order to do research.

Most snow lions stand just over 24" tall, about the size of a German Shepherd. An adult male is about 95 pounds. The tail can reach 3.5 feet. They only breed every other year.  Liters are usually between one and five off spring. Mom will protect the young for up to 2 years.  Mortality rates are unknown. They are often referred to as "the mountain ghost".  They are real phantoms.

Man is it's primary enemy.  They are often killed for their lush pelts and bones are used in traditional medicine. Estimates from the World Wildlife Fund are fewer than 6,600 snow leopards in the wild currently. They are very elusive creatures.

Milarepa (a Tibetan Saint) Quote

"I, the snow lioness who stays in snowy solitudes, Have milk which is like the essential nectar. In the absence of golden cups, I would not pour it in an ordinary vessel."

Dance of the Snow Lion

Snow Lion Dance
Snow Lion Dance

Tibetan Prayer

May the white lion with turquoise mane, without rival, remove the obstacles from my path ...

Another prayer you often hear around Losar (Tibetan New Year) is Lha Gyal Lo!
May the gods be victorious!

This Snow Lion Guards the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet

Updated: 11/28/2016, MBC
 
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MBC on 07/07/2015

Thank you!

blackspanielgallery on 07/07/2015

Interesting article from another culture. Worth reading.

MBC on 07/03/2015

It seems like the Tibetans are similar to the Native Americans in their love of turquoise and coral.

CruiseReady on 07/02/2015

Quite interesting! I wonder why the main and tail are such unusual colors. Those happen to be mu farovites!

MBC on 07/02/2015

Probably not. Glad you liked the snow lions.

DerdriuMarriner on 06/04/2015

MBC, Thank you for the pictures, prayers, and quotes. In particular, I like what Milarepa says as well as the associations with the Buddha's throne and the Tibetan flag. Will you be writing about the skeleton dance?

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