This 10.5″ version of our Shakyamuni Buddha Statues is specially crafted in an antiquated finish. As a result, the deep luster is very inviting and reflects the venerable stature of the great Shakyamuni. The immense zeal and patience which are the attributes of Shakyamuni are eternal and reflected in his confident disposition.
Shakyamuni Buddha – “The One Who Is Capable”
Cast metal artisans of Patan, Nepal have been world renown for centuries. As a result, it is still possible to procure world class sculpture that is of monastic quality. All of our Buddha statues are created by the 3 caste metal families that are based in Patan. Most significant in the gold gilded class of statue creation is the Shakya caste. In Sanskrit, Shakya translates as “the one who is capable”. Ironically, the Shakya caste metal artisans who create our Shakyamuni Buddha Statues are descendants of the ancient Shakya Kingdom. This is the same kingdom from which Shakyamuni Buddha derives his name. In fact, it was Prince Siddhartha who renounced his right to the throne as the heir to the Shakya Kingdom. Since then he become Shakyamuni after he walked the path to become an enlightened being.
Our Shakyamuni Buddha statues are depicted in the Bhumisparsha mudra. While Siddhartha was on the verge of becoming an enlightened being under the Bodhi tree, he was confronted by the evil demon Mara. The demon tempted Siddhartha with illusions of earthly pleasures to dissuade him from reaching his goal. In response, Siddhartha pointed to the earth with his open right hand draped over his right knee. As a result, the earth goddess came to witness Siddhartha become the Buddha and overcome the temptations of the evil Mara. The earth goddess then washed away Mara and welcomed the new Buddha to Nibbana.
Dhyana Mudra + Bowl of Nectars
With his left hand, our Shakyamuni Buddha statues present us with the Dhyana mudra. Therefore, the palm is facing upwards and the back of the hand rests on his lap. This is a symbol of Buddhist meditation. However, in the palm of his left hand is a bowl that contains the 3 nectars which were used to vanquish Mara. This depiction with the bowl of nectars is special and it is titled “Buddha Shakyamuni Conquering the Demons”. The demons are multiple because they are the aggregate of impermanence, no self and ignorance.