Our crowned Shakyamuni Buddha statue is a portrayal of the original Buddha. The sculpture displays intricate details throughout. By closely examining the robe it is possible to appreciate the exquisite craftsmanship and skill that are required. Additionally, our statue sits on a double lotus pedestal using the Bhumisparsha and Dhyana mudra. Our Shakyamuni statue also features him in the crown and jewels of a Bodhisattva.
Deer Park at Sarnath
Please draw your attention to the back of the statue. As a result, you will be able to appreciate the panoramic carvings on Shakyamuni’s robe. However, if you move your focus of attention to the base of the pedestal you will observe the 2 deer.
These two deer are a depiction of the first sermon he gave at the deer park in Sarnath. As a result, we can appreciate the time when Siddhartha Gautama became an enlightened being known as Shakyamuni Buddha. Additionally, this is why his Buddha statues are named Shakyamuni.
Prior to the first sermon at deer park the Buddha had become the first sentient being of our era to obtain enlightenment. It was at that moment under the bodhi tree when he depicted the Bhumisparsha mudra. The Bhumisparsha mudra is also known as the “earth touching” mudra.
This important depiction is displayed with the right hand reaching over the right knee while sitting in full lotus pose. Additionally, the palm is facing inwards and the hand is flat with the fingers lightly touching the ground. The Buddha used this mudra to call the earth goddess to witness his vanquishing of the demon Mara.
Alms Bowl & Dhyana Mudra
This oxidized copper Shakyamuni Buddha statue is also holding the alms bowl in the palm of his left hand. Additionally, the left hand is depicting the Dhyana or “meditation” mudra. The alms bowl is very significant in Buddhism because it symbolizes the rejection of the material world. The alms bowl is also believed to hold the 3 nectars which will eliminate the 3 poisons – ignorance, hatred and attachment.