Our Nepali master artisan created our beautiful Shakyamuni Buddha statue with the jewelry and crown of a Bodhisattva. At the request of the buyer, we would be happy to adorn the crown and jewels of the statue with turquoise or red stones. At no extra charge, the skilled artisan can embellish the statue with these special decorations before delivery.
The color turquoise is a special combination of blue and green. Indeed, blue signifies the purity of the Buddhas and green symbolizes their readiness to act. Additionally, devotees meditating on the color red can transform the delusion of attachment into the wisdom of discernment. The color red is often worn by other deities to pay tribute to Amitabha Buddha. This Shakyamuni statue will wear the adornments very well and they will inspire all those who lay their eyes on your new statue.
Shakyamuni Buddha Statue Special Mudras
This Shakyamuni Buddha statue displays the Bhumisparsha “earth touching” mudra with his right hand. This mudra is depicted with the right hand draped over the right knee and the palm facing towards the body with the middle finger lightly touching the ground.
In the left hand of Shakyamuni Buddha, he holds the bowl of the mendicant monk in the palm. This is known as the Dhyana “meditation” mudra. However, the alms bowl of the monk carries great symbolic meaning. It is believed to hold the three nectars which will cure the three poisons of greed, hatred and delusion. As a result, devotees who faithfully follow the teachings of the Dharma will also be able to extinguish the defilements.
Bodhisattva Lifetimes of Shakyamuni Buddha
The birthplace of Shakyamuni Buddha was in Lumbini, Nepal. Shakyamuni Buddha was reincarnated as Prince Siddhartha Gautama in the 5th century B.C.E. Additionally, his father was the King of the Shakya and his name was King Suddhodana. The descendants of the Shakya still exist today. Indeed, the creator of this oxidized Shakyamuni Buddha statue is a member of the Shakya caste. Many of the present day Shakya reside in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. However, in the 5th century, southern Nepal was considered part of India.
For many Bodhisattva lifetimes Shakyamuni Buddha roamed through samsara as a Bodhisattva named Sumedha. His cycle of rebirth ended when he displayed the Bhumisparsha mudra under the bodhi tree at the moment of ultimate awakening. This Shakyamuni Buddha statue is dedicated to the time that Prince Siddhartha became Shakyamuni Buddha – the Buddha of our era. Click here to learn more about the history of Shakyamuni Buddha.