Who is this Buddha Statue?

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Who is this Buddha Statue?

Postby Son » Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:50 am

Who is this? A Bodhisattva?



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Re: Who is this Buddha Statue?

Postby plwk » Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:36 am

That is a Thai (with somewhat Sri Lankan style) statue of Sakyamuni Buddha in abhaya mudra: fearlessness. Normally this mudra is portrayed on standing Buddha statues but this one is seated in full lotus posture. The blazing flames on the Buddha's head are to symbolize blazing awareness or wisdom or enlightenment..

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Re: Who is this Buddha Statue?

Postby Son » Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:55 am

plwk wrote:That is a Thai (with somewhat Sri Lankan style) statue of Sakyamuni Buddha in abhaya mudra: fearlessness. Normally this mudra is portrayed on standing Buddha statues but this one is seated in full lotus posture. The blazing flames on the Buddha's head are to symbolize blazing awareness or wisdom or enlightenment..


This is a Pure Land temple I have visited twice, so probably the "Thai-Sri Lankan" style you're looking for is Vietnamese? It's a Vietnamese temple of nuns, refugees from Vietnam.


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