Relevant categories: Buddha Statues
(Above photo - Reclining Nepalese Buddha Statue - Painted Buddhist Interiors Sculpture)
Statues of Buddha are often represented in various poses depending on the message the artist wants to pass across. So, there is the sitting Buddha, standing Buddha, walking Buddha, and so on. However, a popular style is the reclining Buddha depicting Buddha lying down, holding his head. It shows the Buddha in his last moment in life before he undergoes Mahaparinirvana. The figure in the statue is that of the Shakyamuni Buddha in his illness just before death.
The reclining Buddha statues were created nearly as the Buddha's other images, and symbols were being made. It was during the Gandharan period when Greek elements heavily influenced sculptors of Buddha statues. Buddhists call the iconic moment mahaparinirvasana, when Buddha is thought to have known that he was about to die. Therefore, he asked his followers to make a unique couch in a bush so that he could easily lay down.
Of course, he had already attained enlightenment before becoming the Buddha. However, he was still a human being who needed to leave the physical body for nirvana. The Buddha is thought to have been eighty years old when he died in Kushinagara, India. Even though some statues depict the Buddha's actual age, others show him as being much younger.
Since Buddha's symbolic death or Mahaparinirvana represents a transition to the state after nirvana, the statue shouldn't make Buddhists sad. Instead, reclining Buddha statues should be viewed as encouraging the sense that all humans can be enlightened or awakened. Thus there is hope that all will one day gain release from the suffering that comes as part of the cycle of rebirth.
Even though he was on his death bed, the reclining Buddha statue has a surprisingly smiling face. That is used to portray the calmness as compassion that comes after enlightenment. Thus, Buddhists love reclining Buddha statues for their depiction of the welcoming smile. Tourists are equally enamored by the figures, buying them for aesthetic purposes.
Reclining Buddha statues are available for purchase in galleries across the world. While Buddhists buy them for spiritual purposes, non-Buddhists buy them for aesthetic reasons. If you are in the West, you can get authentic reclining Buddha statues from galleries where they are available. Since these statues aren't made in any western country, dealers have to import them from Burma, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.
You can therefore be sure of getting some of the rarest, most authentic Buddha statues from different countries. If anything, the Buddha statues are unique since they are rare and produced by hand. So, are you looking for a Buddha statue to buy? If so, we have some of the best products in this category. We not only have the best Buddha statues anywhere, but we also sell them at affordable prices. So you should contact us for the unique Buddha statues anywhere.
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