Our Nepali master artisan created this beautiful Shakyamuni Buddha statue wearing the robes of a Buddhist monk. At the request of the buyer, we would be happy to adorn the hemlines of the robe with turquoise or red stones. At no extra charge, we 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 poison of attachment into the wisdom or discernment. 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 in Full Lotus Pose
Our Shakyamuni Buddha statue is depicted sitting in the full lotus pose. In other words, this pose is known as the “Vajra”. The translation of Vajra is diamond or lightening bolt. The Vajra symbolizes unwavering concentration and intense effort necessary to progress in Buddhism. The purpose of our Buddha statue is to provide inspiration to devotees and encourage all sentient life to pursue the Dharma path.
Prince Siddhartha and the Lost Kingdom
Prince Siddhartha Gautama was once the heir to the Shakya Kingdom. However, in an act of profound renunciation he disowned the crown and escaped from the trappings of the material world. For many years Siddhartha wandered in the wilderness and developed the roots of Buddhism. As a result, Prince Siddhartha became Gautama Buddha and he was the first to become an enlightened being in our time.
Gautama Buddha is also known as Shakyamuni Buddha. Shakya is derived from Sanskrit and it translates as “the one who is capable”. Therefore, a Shakyamuni Buddha statue is always a portrayal of the original Buddha.
Shakyamuni Buddha Symbolism
Our Shakyamuni Buddha statue is depicted using the Bhumisparsha mudra with his right hand draped over his right knee. As a result, he calls the goddess of the earth to witness his supreme victory over the provocations and temptations of the demon Mara. The earth goddess appears and she washes away the demon Mara who had tempted the Buddha to turn away from enlightenment. Fortunately, the demon Mara was vanquished and Shakyamuni Buddha shared the Dharma with mankind. Click here to learn more about the true origin of Buddhism.
In the left hand, Shakyamuni is holding the small bowl which contains the three nectars of awakening. The precious three nectars have killed the 3 demons representing greed, hatred and ignorance. Additionally, the offering bowl is also that of a pre-ordained Buddhist monk. The bowl is significant because it symbolizes the overcoming of attachment. In fact, while the Buddha was in meditation under the Bodhi tree a passerby gave him a golden bowl filled with rice. The patron had believed the Buddha was a tree deity. However, the Buddha threw the golden bowl into the river and divided the rice into equal portions representing the remaining 49 days until he would achieve enlightenment.