In Buddhism, the svastika is a symbol of the wheel of dharma (dharma-cakra), or in Zen, the seal of the buddha-mind (busshin-in) transmitted from patriarch (soshigata) to patriarch.
In the 20th cent., the svastika/swastika was adopted by the Nazis in Germany as the party emblem. It was mistakenly understood as an Aryan symbol, indicating racial purity and superiority.
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