The Ubiquitous "108"

When practicing Buddhism, one encounters the number 108 : 108 prostrations and 108 beads on a string of prayer beads. Why 108? Why not an even 100 or perhaps 183? The answer lies somewhere in the mystic relevance of the number "3" in a variety of environments, as well as in Buddhism:

$3\; digitsadd\; upto\; 9$1 + 0 + 8 = 9

3 is amultiple of 99 ÷ 3 = 3; 9 − 3 − 3 − 3 = 0

3 and 9

aremultiples of 108108 ÷ 3 = 36; 108 ÷ 9 = 12

The expression1 ^{1}× 2^{2}× 3^{3}= 108

is known as thehyperfactorial of 108

6 × 3 × 2 × 3 = 108

6 senses of hearing, seeing, touching, smelling, tasting

and havingconsciousness

3 sensations of pain, pleasure, or neutral

2 origins of internal or external sensory perception

3 time periods of past, present, and future

* the number "108" appearing in a fair number ofvideo games , including Pokoman and Batman

* 108 bodilypressure points targeted in East Asian martial arts

* 108degrees of each interior angle of apentagon (five sides ;five angles are each108 degrees )

* 108 degrees Fahrenheit (42°C) is the threshold temperature for human internalorgans to begin failing

* 108suitors pursuing Odysseus's wife in Homer'sOdyssey

*"1-0-8" , the toll-freeemergency telephone number in India

* 108earthly temptations that a practicing Buddhist must overcome to achieve Nirvana

* 108gongs of a Japanese Buddhist temple bell ushering in the New Year; each gong represents one of the 108 earthly temptations

* 108defilements defined in Buddhism

* 108steps leading up to some temples

* "3" is the"smallest (0 and 1 are not considered); theodd prime number""smallest iseven prime number""2"

* 3 supportlegs (or pods), such as three-legged tables, chairs, or tripods, is themost stable arrangement of ground contacts;four-legged tablescan wobble;three-legged tablescannot wobble

* 3-dimensional space is our normal view of the world(Length, Width, and Height)

* "3", to some people, is the number that represents the"Supreme Balance" of Mind, Body, and Spirit

* "3" represents thethree entities of the"Holy Trinity" (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)

* the symbol "3" hasthree angles in the Hindu-Arabic forms of these number symbols; "0" haszero angles, "1" hasone angle, and "8" haseight angles

* "3" is the number ofprimary colors seen by the human eye:red, green, blue ("additive colors" ), not to be confused with the"subtractive colors" of magenta, cyan, yellow. All colors of the rainbow are a blend of the the three additive primary colors; the subtractive colors are used in printing and in both film and digital photography

* 3,pi=3.14159265359… , as an approximateratio of the circumference to the diameter of a circle.

* Surf here for excellent graphic and video lessons that reduce the mystique of mathematics

* An extended and fanciful excursion into the number 108 is at Math Hombre; also worth viewing is a discussion about the Greek Golden Ratio

* Informative text and interesting graphics are presented at Magic-African-Creative-Energy

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