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Buy Buddha Statue – Where to look for best Buddha Figurines?

Best place and factors to consider to buy buddha statue.

Shakyamuni buddha - buy Buddha Statue
Shakyamuni Buddha statue

Buddha statues with various positions are made particularly to educate certain concept of the Buddhist philosophy. There are various types of them like Standing Buddha, sleeping Buddha, laughing Buddha, blessing Buddha, meditating Buddha, teaching Buddha etc. Different positions from the statues hold different meanings and teachings. You need to understand these postures to buy buddha statue.

Buddhism is really a philosophy according to empathy to attain enlightenment known as “Nirvana.” Buddhism explains the truth that the main of sufferings and unhappiness is our very own condition of mind and exactly how we see things. When we start and then purify our mind and soul with the aid of Vipassana Meditation, ultimately, the condition of evergreen happiness free of sorrow and discomfort known as “Nirvana” is possible.

First thing to consider to buy Buddha statue is the type of statue. Good statues of Buddha would be the handmade ones. They’re unique towards the artisans creativeness and hands work.These statues of Buddha are particularly, initially and solely produced in Nepal by specialist Newari artisans. The fine artistry and talent they acquired are descended down from their ancestors for generations. Shakyas would be the major artisans and contributors in allowing the statues of Buddha.

A best place to buy Buddha statue is Patan, Nepal. It is the heart of handicraft industry in Nepal. This is actually the place where the majority of the Newar artists live.

Patan Durbar Square, Thamel, Basantapur Durbar Square, and Bhaktapur Durbar Square would be the major places and you’ll discover top quality statues of Buddha. You can buy buddha statue either in wholesale price for bulk purchases or retail price for single purchase.

Buddha statues are created with number of materials. During these stores, you’ll find different statues made from various materials like golden, antique, Oxidized, Copper, Bronze, Brass, silver, wooden, resin, very statues etc. They can also come in full or partial gold plating.

You won’t just have some excellent Buddha Statues at Great discounts but additionally excellent info on Tibetan Buddhist culture and Nepalese Buddhist culture here. There are Buddha Statues available in local online retailers.  Here are few places where you can find actual Newar Manufacturers selling online.

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Green Tara – Goddess of Compassion and Enlightenment

Green TaraGreen Tara  in Sanskrit Language is called  “Syamatara”, in Tibet is called: “Grol ma ljang gu”) It is considered the embodiment of the activity of all Buddhas. She lends a helpful hand to lift us up to a mountain of enlightenment. In other words she helps and guides us in the process of achieving enlightenment path to Nirvana.

Green Tara symbolizes the female side of wisdom activity in our mind and is basically an emanation of the air-element (Amoghsiddhi Buddha). She is also called ‘Mother of All Buddhas’ and has many peaceful and wrathful  forms. By practicing the teaching of the goddess we can achieve quick thinking and quick learning of wisdom, generosity, magical perfection, fearlessness and spontaneity to reach a quick karmic achievements

Green Tara is very famous among the Buddhist followers of Tibetan and Newari Buddhism. They chant the mantras of different forms of Taras. All together there are family of 21 taras. White Tara is another form of Tara which they also called Saptalochana Tara with seven eyes.

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How to Identify Antique Statues? Antiques and Collectibles

Want to know more about Antique Statues?

Antique Statues - Shakyamuni Buddha
Antique Statues – Shakyamuni Buddha

There are certain group of people who are interested in collecting antique statues and collectibles. Antique collection is a passionate and profitable hobby.

Antiques represent the true art and history of a place. We have heard of vanished civilizations. However, their identity is preserved by the antiques we find  today. That is the reason why antiques are priceless. An antique collector most likely is interested in the history and ancient art of certain places. Antiques can come in different forms like like antique sculptures, painting, coins, decorating pieces, furniture, and many more.

While talking about the antique statues, they can be classified according to the age and style of the statue. The question may arise, how to identify the antique statues? The following tips can help you to determine the real antique statues.

  • Antique statues do not have sharp ends. Due to the friction while handling for so many years, end parts of the statue are scrubbed and the carvings can be seen faded. Some parts of statues are even shiny.
  • Another factor is age. The artwork and the designs on the statue are most helpful indicators to know the age and origin of the statue. There seems to be certain style and design representing the certain of era when the statue is made. For example plain body with less carving is more prominent design of 17 th century than the carved complex designs of 19th century. Also studying the materials used to make statue like brass, copper or bronze can help in identifying age.
  • Also, learning where the statue was made or originated from helps in identifying age of the statue. Similarly trying to find out the artist or manufacturer who made the statue will greatly enhance our knowledge of the antiquity and era of the statue.
  • Taking pictures of the statue in questions can do the trick and help you in analyzing it. So, take pictures of the statue from different angles including the carvings, curves, signs or stamps on the statue. Analyzing through pictures will help greatly in the research.
  • Certain tools can also be helpful in studying antiques like magnifying glass, Black- light, Digital Cameras, GPS Navigation Device. These tools will simplify the identification of the antique statue.
  • A museum can be the very good source to study about antiques. There you can find similar art and designs to compare and know the age of a statue. Like art and design widely used in making statue in 17th century. You can see the reference of the statue in museum to check the age and its corresponding art and designs.
  • And finally, indeed taking help of an antique expert can help you greatly to identify age, value and legitimacy of the antique in hand.

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Shakyamuni Buddha – Bhumisparsa Mudra – Nirvana

Shakyamuni Buddha
Shakyamuni Buddha

Shakyamuni Buddha was born in Kapilvastu District, Lumbini Zone (Nepal) in between 563 and 483 BC. He was born in a shakya clan to father King Suddhodana and Queen Mahamaya the mother. Siddhartha is believed to have reincarnated thousands of times as a bodhisattva to earn good karma, a prerequisite towards becoming a Buddha.

According to ancient legend, Siddhartha’s mother, Mahamaya had a premonitory dream: A white elephant with six tusks descended from the heavens surrounded by a chorus of beatific praises. The elephant approached her, holding a pink lotus flower in its trunk, and placed the flower within the queen’s body. Then the elephant entered her body with ease, and she experienced deep sense of bliss and harmony.

The king summoned holy men to interpret the meaning of the queen’s dream..Their conclusion: “The queen will give birth to a son who will be a great leader. He is destined to become either a mighty emperor who rules throughout the four directions, or a great Teacher who will show the Way of Truth to all beings in Heaven and Earth.” The queen’s dream turned out to be an auspicious omen of the advent of someone special. Keeping to the tradition of those days, the queen visited her parental home to give birth. On the way, there lie the beautiful garden of Lumbini.

She decided to take some rest in the garden. It was a lovely spring day. Flowers were in full bloom, birds were singing delightfully. Engrossed in the pleasure of the moment, queen Mahamaya suddenly felt uneasy, she was about to have childbirth. Standing and holding a tree branch with one hand, Queen Mahamaya gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama. As soon as he came out of the queen’s womb, Siddhartha walked 7 steps towards the four cardinal directions highlighting his divine origin.. There is an old statue presiding inside the Lumbini museum of Nepal which depicts that scene of nativity.

King Suddhodana sought the help of a Brahmin who referred to the three Vedas to name the child as Siddhartha which means ” one whose mission is accomplished”. It was only after Siddhartha received enlightenment that he became renowned as Shakyamuni Buddha, which means ” the enlightened one”

In his youth, Siddhartha was exceptionally intelligent, strong and artistic, surpassing all others in his generation. Married Yasodhara at the age of seventeen, who gave birth to a son, Rahula. Sufferings of mankind like sickness, old age and death deeply disturbed young prince Siddhartha. Seeking the truth behind human suffering and meaning of existence, Siddhartha renounced his royal life to become an ascetic at the age of twenty nine in search of a solution to the four sufferings common to all people: birth into this troubled world, sickness, old age and death.

He headed towards the mountains near the Nairanjana River where he spent six years.Several years of suffering and penance of ascetic life, however,lead him to conclude that attempting to overcome human suffering and desire through self-denial and force of will was counter productive. Instead he preferred technique of moderation and balance.But his moderate stance disillusioned some Brahmin followers who abandoned Siddhartha saying that their master had lost spiritual fervor. Nevertheless, Siddhartha continued this approach. He began the historic meditation under a large bodhi tree near Bodhgaya ( at present in North India). on a full moon day around 588 BC, Siddhartha Gautama attained Nirvana, the liberation from the cycle of birth and death. the next forty-five years of his life was dedicated towards preaching the dharma (Sacred knowledge revealed through enlightenment) among the masses.

In Buddhist philosophy, enlightenment is a state in which one comes to understand the true nature of reality and is released from the endless cycle of birth and rebirth that defines earthly existence. That auspicious moment is reflected in all of Buddha’s sculptures.

Shakyamuni Buddha’s message of peace, compassion and humanity spread as far as China and Japan in the East to Afghanistan and central Asia to the west. By the time, he died at the age of eighty in the city of Kusinagara, Buddhism had become a world religion. Buddhism took different forms as it spread in two main forms, the Theravada (or Hinayana – ‘lesser vehicle’) and the Mahayana (‘greater vehicle’).

Today Buddhism is adhered by one fifth of humanity. Shakyamuni Buddha‘s teaching of compassion, moderation and self communion with universal spirit is as relevant today as it was twenty six centuries ago. There is an interesting contradiction in contemporary Buddhism. Although Buddha himself never condoned idol worshipping, the most popular form of statue in the world is of Shakyamuni Buddha himself, usually in the lotus posture.

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White Tara – Tibetan and Newari Buddhist Deity

Symbolic Meaning of White Tara – Saptalochana Tara

White Tara Statue
White Tara Statue

White Tara is one of the set of Taras in Tibetan and Newari Buddhist Religion. She holds a very important role in Tibet and Nepal as it is worshiped in these areas of the world. It is believed that Tara in general protect the human beings while they are crossing the ocean of existence.

Among the two forms of Tara, White Tara is regarded as consort of Avalokiteshvara, some times also of Vairochana. She is usually depicted in seated position, dressed and crowned like a Bodhisattva. And sometimes she is regarded as Saptalochana Tara. Saptalochana simple means seven eyes. The deity has two normal eyes and extra eyes on her forehead, palm and feet and lotus flower at one or both of her shoulder. She is seated in full Vajra Posture. Her right hand is in boon conferring posture, her left hand in teaching gesture holding the stem of the lotus. She is found  wearing all sorts of precious ornaments which makes her look beautiful.

Tara is also considered as a goddess of forest relating to plant life like flowers and trees. Thanks to this, Tara is also regarded as a goddess of healing goddess. This is specially true to White Tara as she is not only treated as healing goddess but also as goddess of mother with quality like caring and nurturing and giving birth. Because of this people practice the teaching of  White Tara for healing purpose and prolonging healthy life. She is also considered by some as goddess or wind. This symbolizes that just like wind she quickly responses to any call for help. In other words, she is readily makes herself available to those who need her help.

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