9" Sakyamuni Buddha

  • The pictured hand carved stone Buddha was crafted from hard grey stone in the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. This Buddha statue has a truly stunning face and the carving overall has beautiful, intricate details. The Buddha is Shakyamuni, sage of the Shakya clan, shown in the Bhumisparsa mudra or earth-touching pose, commemorating Gautama Buddha's moment of enlightenment under the Bo tree in Bohdgaya, India. The backside of the statue has been carved with an ornate dragon, and below that the prayer mantra, Om Mani Padme Hum. This is the Mantra of Avalokiteshvara and is often invoked as a protection prayer from danger. Writing, carving, or viewing the written form of the prayer will also benefit one's karma, invoking the benevolent blessings of Chenrezig (Tibetan) or Avalokiteshvara (Sanskrit), the embodiment of compassion.

    • measures approximately 9 1/8" high x 5 5/8" wide
    • weighs 5 lbs 2 oz
  • The bhumisparsa mudra is the gesture of witness, also known as the "touching the earth" posture. This pose is commemorative of Gautama Buddha's moment of enlightenment under the Bo tree in Bhodgaya, India. It symbolizes the Buddha's unshakeable faith and resolution. Armed with his resolve to remain seated under the Bodhi tree until he had solved the problem of the cessation of suffering, he took the earth as testimony of the merits that he had accumulated during his previous births. Temptation, personified by the demon Mara, came at him in many forms, but he resisted them all and touched the earth to call it to witness his victory. This was the Buddha's final obstacle on his path to enlightenment, and thus the mudra is also referred to as "the attitude of subduing Mara".

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