Crowned Shakyamuni Buddha Statue
Prince Siddhartha Gautama was once the heir to the Shakya Kingdom. However, in an act of profound renunciation he disowned the crown and escaped from the trappings of the material world. For many years Siddhartha wandered in the wilderness and developed the roots of Buddhism. As a result, Prince Siddhartha became Gautama Buddha and was first to become an enlightened being. Gautama Buddha is also known as Shakyamuni Buddha. Shakya is derived from Sanskrit and it translates as “the one who is capable”. Therefore, a Shakyamuni Buddha statue is always a portrayal of the original Buddha.
Our Shakyamuni Buddha statue is depicted using the Bhumisparsha mudra with his right hand draped over his right knee. As a result, he calls the goddess of the earth to witness his supreme victory over the provocations and temptations of the demon Mara. The earth goddess appears and she washes away the demon Mara who had tempted the Buddha to turn away from enlightenment. Fortunately for the human realm Mara was vanquished and Shakyamuni shared the Dharma with mankind.
In the left hand, Shakyamuni is holding the small bowl which contains the three nectars of awakening. The precious three nectars have killed the 3 demons representing impermanence, suffering and the illusion of self. Additionally, the offering bowl is also that of a pre-ordained Buddhist monk. The bowl is significant because it symbolizes the overcoming of attachment. In fact, while the Buddha was in meditation under the Bodhi tree a passerby gave him a golden bowl filled with rice. The patron had believed the Buddha was a tree deity. However, the Buddha threw the golden bowl into the river and divided the rice into equal portions representing the remaining 49 days until he would achieve enlightenment.
Furthermore, our Shakyamuni Buddha statue is depicted sitting in the full lotus pose. In other words, this pose is known as the “Vajra”. The translation of Vajra is diamond or lightening bolt. The Vajra symbolizes unwavering concentration and intense effort necessary to progress in Buddhism. The purpose of our Buddha statue is to provide inspiration to devotees and encourage all sentient life to pursue the Dharma path.
All of our Buddha and bodhisattva statues are sculpted by the master artisans of Patan, Nepal. As a result, the quality statues are reminiscent of the same statues that the Nepalese master craftsman supplied to the Tibetan monasteries for many centuries. It is possible to have a high quality Shakyamuni Buddha statue of your own that will last for many lifetimes and many generations. All of our Buddha statues are on sale now for limited time only – free international shipping!