Our masterpiece Shakyamuni statue represents the most venerable Buddha of our kalpa. This is because he was the original Buddha who discovered the Dharma path and 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 its subsequent acceptance and popularity it has spread far from it’s origins. Indeed, the original teachings of the Buddha gave rise to Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism.
Shakyamuni Statue Mudras
In honor of his achievements this masterpiece Shakyamuni statue is 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 became the first enlightened being of our time. 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 Symbolism
This 54cm gold gilded Shakyamuni statue sits in full lotus pose on a single lotus pedestal. The lotus flower is a symbol of Shakyamuni Buddha because the Buddha rose above the vicissitudes of samsara to obtain enlightenment. Metaphorically speaking, the lotus grows from the bottom of a pond to rise out of the muddy water and blossom in the clean air and sunshine. Additionally, the alms bowl of a monastic monk rests in the palm of his hand. Inside this bowl lies the three nectars which Shakyamuni Buddha used to overcome the evil demon and the defilements. Click here to learn more about Shakyamuni Buddha.
Sculptors of Masterpiece Shakyamuni Statue
Nepali Buddha statues are created with intricate precision using the lost wax casting method. As a result, each statue is one of a kind and can never be recreated. This Shakyamuni statue was created in collaboration with three masterpiece artisans in Kathmandu. Indeed, it is of the highest quality and is finished with precision and intricate details. Observe the robe and pedestal are adorned with turquoise and coral stones. The engravings throughout the robe and frame are completed with flawless precision. Our Masterpiece Shakyamuni statue will inspire devotees to remain dedicated and strive towards the ultimate goal. Additionally, precious statues help generate good karma for their owner.