Our gold plated masterpiece Shakyamuni Buddha statue is depicted within a immaculate frame and placed on a beautiful throne. Additionally, the statue is adorned with beautiful semi-precious stones. Shakyamuni Buddha is the original Buddha who discovered the Dharma path and obtained access to Nirvana. However, he then taught what he had learned to sentient life and showed us the Dharma path. Indeed, all subsequent Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in our kalpa have followed in his footsteps. The original teachings of the Buddha gave rise to Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism.
Shakyamuni Statue Mudras
This masterpiece Shakyamuni statue is depicted in the Bhumisparsha mudra. Also known as the “earth touching” mudra, it celebrates the Buddha overcoming immense pressure from earthly temptation. This was at the inception of Buddhism when the Buddha was on the verge of enlightenment. While he was sitting under the bodhi tree he was attacked with the temptations of the demon Mara. However, the demon’s efforts were futile and Mara was vanquished.
As a result of his victory, Shakyamuni Buddha 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 Dharma 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 60cm gold plated 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.
Furthermore, the alms bowl of a monk rests in the palm of his left 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 the Buddha.