Our Nepali master artisan created our beautiful partly gilded Shakyamuni 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.
Partly Gilded Shakyamuni Statue Features:
Shakyamuni Buddha displays the Bhumisparsha “earth touching” mudra with his right hand. Additionally, this mudra is depicted with the right hand draped over the right knee and also 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. Indeed, 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
In Lumbini, Nepal, Shakyamuni Buddha was born/reincarnated as Prince Siddhartha Gautama in the 5th century BCE. Indeed, the descendants of Shakyamuni Buddha still exist today. The creator of this statue is a member of the Shakya caste. Additionally, descendants of the Shakya reside in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal.
For many 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 – the Buddha of our era. Click here to learn more about the history of Shakyamuni Buddha.