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collaboration by Yonat Vaks, Chiefmonkey and
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Buddha and Satoshi’s Teachings: How to Ascend From Fiat Samsara to Bitcoin Nirvana

Legend has it that the Bhavacakra, also known as the Wheel of Life, was created by the Buddha himself. It depicts the journey of the human soul through the trappings of the Samsara (cyclic existence of life) until they are able to ascend to Nirvana.

In our interpretation we have applied the teachings of Satoshi and shown how humans are trapped in the fiat Samsara and how we may escape, evolve and ascend as a species through the adoption of a bitcoin standard.

The Bhavacakra comes from the Buddhist religion, but since Bitcoin is all inclusive and this piece intends to incorporate all its qualities on several different levels, we have included symbols from other religions, cultures and times in history, both classical and modern.

Our Bitcoin Bahvacakra is hand drawn, laser cut then hand painted oak veneer with cowrie shell ornaments and Italian Smalti glass detailing. Within the Samsara Wheel, there are 21 individual paintings.


This work will be auctioned on on Friday, April 9, 2021.

The Meanings of Elements

Starting with the obvious, we’ll explain all of the elements, their meanings and our interpretations:


Yama, the Lord of Death, desperately grasps hold of the Wheel of Life. He represents our fear.

Yama, however, is not a figure to be feared since it’s a reminder of impermanence.

A reminder that, in order to ascend to Nirvana, one should lose their ego thereby losing their fear.


Buddha / Satoshi

The word “Buddha” means “one who is awake to reality” or “enlightened.” The original Buddha did not claim to be a god or prophet but was actually born 2,500 years ago into a royal family in a

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currensceneFLOGO WHTsquareThough not the oldest form of currency, some form of shell money appears to have been found on almost every continent. The shell most widely used worldwide as currency was the shell of Cypraea moneta, the money cowry.

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