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by Rajesh Barua
Buddha Statues And Their Diverse Meanings
Buddhism as a religion is well loaded with unique philosophical teachings that hinge on the idea that the state of enlightenment could easily be attained through the suppressions of earthly urges and desires. This religion also has lots of unique statutes which signify a lot in the lives of those who adhere to the teachings of Buddha.
Various Kinds Buddha Statues
There are diverse kinds of Buddha statues out there in the Buddhist religion. Oftentimes, they are categorized according to the very substructures they are made of. For instance, there are Buddha statues made of stones, metals, wood, ceramics and resins. Again, they could also be classified by their names and designs. For instance, some of the statues go by unique Buddha titles while others are known by the interpretation of their Buddhist names in the English language. Typical examples include the Laughing Buddha statues and the Garden Buddha Statues.
Images on the Buddha Statues
Every single Buddha statue is designed with a unique image of a character. In most cases, many of the Buddha statues do bear the image of Buddha himself who is actually the father founder of the famous Buddhist religion. Many of the statues which are carved from stones and woods bear the image of Buddha. The same scenario applies to those made of metals, resins and other elements.
Again, some of the Buddha statues also bear the images of other well known characters in Buddhism. Both the images of Buddha and other characters used in carving the statues mean a lot. They serve as memorials for the great fathers of Buddhism. They also serve as avenues for attracting favors, luck, fortunes and wealth. People also use such statues as charms for protection against dangers.
The meaning of the Buddha Statues
Most Buddha statues signify “Buddharupas” which refers to the teachings of Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. The teaching hinges of the issue of enlightenment which according to Buddha is only attainable through suppression of worldly desires. Most Buddha statues also represent the symbol of sacred learning which has its roots in the sacred teachings contained in the Buddhist religion.
Meaning of Buddha Statues in sitting Position
Buddha statues in sitting positions abound. They are also loaded with esoteric meanings. For instance the popular Buddha statue which sits on a lotus flower represents Buddha himself in a meditative mood which is known as “Dhyana Mudra”. In this position, the famous Buddha is seen as he crossed his legs with different gestures while doing his meditation. According to Buddha, meditation is the ultimate path to attaining the state of enlightenment which is known as “Nirvana”. Many other Buddha statues in sitting positions include Dhyani Buddha, Shakyamuni Buddha, and Kubera and so on.
Meaning of Buddha Statues in standing Position
Buddha statues in standing position also signify a lot. One of them is seen with a rice of bowl on one hand while the other hand is raise up holding a palm. This statue is a symbol of blessing for Buddha adherents. Some other Buddha statues in standing positions include Dipankar Buddha, Heruka, Vajrakilla and so on.
Finally, there are also Buddha statues in reclining position. They also mean a lot. In fact, Buddha statues abound. They are loaded with lots of esoteric meanings.