Flag of Buddhism
- 3x5' Outdoor style flag
- Durable All-Weather Nylon
- Appliqued, single-reverse with four rows reinforced stitching for durability
- Canvas header & brass grommet attachment
- Made in USA
- Blue: Loving kindness, peace and universal compassion
- Yellow: The Middle Path – avoiding extremes, emptiness
- Red: The blessings of practice – achievement, wisdom, virtue, fortune and dignity
- White: The purity of Dharma – leading to liberation, outside of time or space
- Orange: The Buddha's teachings – wisdom
- The last stripe is made up of the colors from each other other stripes to represent Pabbhassara ('essence of light')
Symbolism within the Buddhism flag
The First Buddhist flag came into use on April 28th, 1885 (Vesak Day). It flew at the Dipaduttamarama, Kotahena, by Ven. Migettuwatte Gunananda Thera.
The Buddhism flag was designed by the Colombo Committee in 1885. The committee included Ven. Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala Thero, Ven. Migettuwatte Gunananda Thera, Don Carolis Hewavitharana, Andiris Perera Dharmagunawardhana, Charles A. de Silva, Peter De Abrew, William De Abrew, H. William Fernando, N. S. Fernando and Carolis Pujitha Gunawardena and the meeting was held in Sri Lanka.
In 1889, Colonel Henry Steel Olcott, an American journalist, suggested that it's shape be modified to conform with the more common rectangular flags of modern countries. It was changed, and at the 1952 World Fellowship of Buddhists, the flag of Buddhists was adopted as the International Buddhist Flag.