Tipis are a form on housing used by Native Americans. The tipi shown here at the Holy Vajrasana Temple & Retreat Center was intended as an intimate site for meditation and to display the Eight Auspicious Symbols or Signs of Good Fortune (Ashtamangala in Sanskrit) used to convey the Buddha’s teachings and grant auspiciousness or good fortune to those who see them. They are the rare right-turning white conch shell, the lotus flower, the dharmachakra (dharma wheel), the parasol, the endless knot, the golden fishes, the victory banner, and the treasure vase.  Find more information on the meaning of each of these symbols on the Xuanfa Institute website.