The Best Shakyamuni Buddha Statues
Our Shakyamuni Buddha statues represent the most venerable Buddha that we know of. This is because he was the original Buddha who discovered the Dharma path and subsequently obtained access to Nirvana. Therefore, all subsequent Buddhas and the sangha have followed in his footsteps. Many devotees have achieved incredible things. For example, Avalokitesvara and Amitabha to name a couple are tremendously inspirational and influential to their followers. Nonetheless, Shakyamuni was the father of the original Buddhist ideology. As a result of it’s subsequent acceptance and popularity it has spread far from it’s origins. As a result, the initial teachings of the Buddha gave rise to Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana respectively.
Bhumisparsha & Dhyana Mudra
In honor of his achievements the Shakyamuni Buddha statues in our product gallery are depicted in the Bhumisparsha mudra. This is because it celebrates overcoming immense pressure from earthly temptation. As a result of the attacks of the demon Mara, Shakyamuni called on the earth goddess as a witness. In response to his beckoning she indeed came to witness the ineffectiveness of Mara’s futile efforts. Therefore, she washed away the demon and Shakyamuni subsequently entered Nirvana. However, Shakyamuni did not leave his followers behind. Instead, he stayed with them to help others follow the path to enlightenment.
The Buddha instructs us to use meditation to gain mental and spiritual strength. Only after gaining the necessary temperament and strength can we face down our inner demons. Therefore, in his left hand he is depicting the Dhyana or meditation mudra. The back of the hand lies gently in his lap.
Lotus Pedestal & Alms Bowl
These 8.75″ gold gilded Shakyamuni Buddha statues are on a single lotus pedestal. The lotus is a symbol of Shakyamuni because the lotus grows from the bottom of a pond. Metaphorically speaking, the lotus grows from the filth of earthy defilements to rise out of the muddy water and blossom. Additionally, the alms bowl of a monastic monk rests in the palm of his hand. Inside this bowl lies the nectars which Shakyamuni used to overcome the evil demon and the defilements.
Shakya Caste Artisans
Shakyamuni inspires us all including the cast metal artisans in Patan Nepal. In fact, the Shakya caste descend from the same Shakya Kingdom as Shakyamuni. In Sanskrit, Shakya translates as the “one who is capable”. Indeed the Shakya cast metal artisans who make our Shakyamuni Buddha statues are very capable. As a result, it is possible for devotees worldwide to have a world class Buddha statue of their own. The Nepalese high quality Shakyamuni Buddha statues are of the same quality and design that have been in the Tibetan monasteries for many centuries.