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Why does Buddha have long ears?

Why does Buddha have long ears?

Gold Buddha - long buddha ears

From the very ancient time Buddha rupa had long ears. There are many beliefs and attempted explanation to this question ” Why does Buddha have long ears ?”. These beliefs change according to time and culture.  Buddha ears are always long and elongated. As stated in wikipedia: Buddha ears are long like lotus petals. Be it in Buddha statues, Thangka paintings, ritual objects like prayer wheels, mandala or singing bowls. They are always like this.You may find ornaments in ears for Buddha rupas depending on what type of Buddha rupa it is. It also depends on where the rupa is depicted. Shakyamuni Buddha does not wear ornaments whereas goddesses like Tara wear ornaments in their ears. Example on the right, you will see the long ears of Buddha without any ornaments. whereas in the images below you will see the ornaments worn in the ears.

Vajrasattva Statue - ears with ornaments
Vajrasattva Statue – Ears with ornaments

 

Green Tara Statue Half Gold face
Green Tara Statue with long ears wearing ornaments.

The most believed or common explanation is Siddhartha Gautama as a prince before he became Buddha had to wear lots of jewelry made of gold, silver and other precious stones as a part of palace custom. This signified his highest standard or status in society. Among the other jewelry he had to wear heavy earrings, other ear studs or tops. The heavy jewelry stretched his earlobes and consequently stretching his entire ears. This is rather scientific or physical explanation to it.

On the other hand, traditional or rather fantastic meaning can be that Buddha with long ears, can hear better the cries of those who need; who are suffering in this materialistic world due to ignorance and earthly attachments

Traditionally, in many culture people believe that long ears with thick lobes are auspicious as they represent long life, good luck, good health, wealth, happiness, energy etc. And the person with long ears is considered a wise man with wisdom.In Asia, large earlobes are considered a symbol of wisdom. It is symbolic and a religious way to show the wisdom and compassion of Buddha.

If you want to know more about a buddha statue check this article on Buddha Statue – A symbol of Peace

On the other hand you can also check these aritcles on how a buddha statue is made? and Different types of Buddha Statues.

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Types of Buddha Statues According to Material Composition.

Types of Buddha Statues:

Shakyamuni Copper full gold -One of the Types of Buddha Statues

One can find different types of Buddha statues according to various materials used while molding. A Buddha statue can be made from different material for instance- copper, brass, ceramics, jade stone, wood, and lots more. The material composition of Buddha statue may differ in different places and sectors.

Copper: Buddha figurines made from copper metal are by far the most famous in the whole world. Copper is best for detail carving and also the copper Buddha statues can be gold plated which adds extra sparkle, these are the reasons of gaining popularity by the copper Buddha statues. Our statues are also made of copper for the very reason to create the best Buddha statues with best carvings and designs.

Bronze: Most of the antique Buddha figurines were created upon bronze metal. Because of their rarity and relic identity, bronze figurines tend to be relatively more costly. Bronze is the mixture of different materials like copper, brass etc.

Stone: Stone Buddha sculptures have been developed by historically in Nepal by native Buddhist craftsmen. Over the time actual art sort of lost its way due to political and religious invasions but these days it has revived in Nepal and also around the world better know as Garden Statues. Stone Buddha figurines tend to be heavier and designs are usually primitive, less detailed compared to copper statues.

Wooden: Buddha figurines made from wooden tend to be less costly and lighter than metallic kinds. But, it really is vulnerable which can get damaged by termite and water too. While selecting wooden statues, ensure the wood is actually high quality, with no cracks on the surface.

Brass: They really are nearly similar to copper statues, but are less expensive. Compared to copper metal, brass is prone to splits and also can create defect while carving. Because of this, fine workmanship is impossible on brass.

Resin: Buddha statues which made of resin can be found in different colors in the market. However, many people believe that the resin Buddha statue have peculiar dark, deep reddish color. It is because dark colored resin statues have been more popular than any other bright colored statues. The color effect is  the consequence of a special chemical powder ingredient utilized. Ceramics: They’re consists of China clay. Generally known as earthenware, porcelain Buddha statues are the least expensive, yet the very least durable.

Gem stones:  Turquoise, jade, Lapis lazuli, and so forth are a handful of common gemstone attached with Buddha figurines made in Nepal. When such precious stones are employed, lavishness and esteem tend to enhance, and obviously price also increases.

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Buddha Mudra: Meanings of Five Different Types of Dhyani Mudras

Meaning of Five Dhyani Buddha Mudra

Mudra, the Sanskrit word usually denotes a hand gestures and finger postures that are used in Buddhism. Such Buddha mudra is associated with the images of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to represent different teachings and philosophy of Buddhism.

A statue or painting of buddha always illustrates a Mudra. Among hundreds of mudras, the five transcendental Buddha’s also called “Dhyani Buddhas” or “Pancha Buddhas” bear the most important mudras.

Five Mudras of Dhyani Buddhas and their meanings are as follows:

Dharmachakra Buddha Mudra – Vairochana:

Vairochana is regarded as the first Dhyani Buddha in Nepalese-Tibetan Buddhism. He represents the cosmic element of Rupa (form). His two hands are held against the chest with the tips of the thumbs and forefingers of each hand united. This mudra is called Dharmachakra Mudra which is the gesture of Teaching. Literally, Dharma means “Law” and Chakra means wheel and usually interpreted turning the Wheel of Law. It is also gesture of hands exhibited by Lord Buddha while preaching his first sermon at Sarnath.

Bhumisparsa Buddha Mudra – Akshobhya:

Akshobhya Dhyani Buddha MudraAkshobhya is regarded as the second Dhyani Buddha in Nepalese/Tibetan Buddhism. He represents the primodal cosmic element of Vijnana (consciousness). Buddha Akshobhya can be seen sometimes riding on an elephant symbolizing the steadfast nature of his Bodhisattva vows. His right hand displays the Bhumisparsa (earth-touching) mudra. This hand gesture is linked with the life of Shakyamuni Buddha. When Shakyamuni Buddha was on the verge of ultimate Enlightenment, he has to face both internal and external Maras. It is believed that Devaputra Mara questioned him on the validity of his attainment of Enlightenment and his perfection of Paramita. At that time, his only witness was the earth. Buddha Shakyamuni asked mother earth to bear witness to his attainment of Enlightenment. To indicate this, he touched the earth with his right hand as witness to his perfection. This gesture, called “touching the earth” (Bhumisparsa Mudra), became Buddha Akshobhya’s Mudra.

Varada Buddha Mudra – Ratna Sambhava:

Ratna Sambhava is regarded as the third Dhyani Buddha in order. He represents the cosmic element of vedana (sensation). His recognition symbol is the jewel and he exhibits the Varada Mudra. His right hand lies open near his right knee. His left hand is seen holding an alms bowl. In Sanskrit, Varada means ‘granting a boon’. The gesture shows the right palm turned towards the receiver of boons, with the fingers pointed downwards.

Dhyana Buddha Mudra – Amitabha Buddha:

Amitabha Buddha is the most ancient Buddha among the Dhyani Buddhas. He is said to reside in the Sukhabati heaven in peaceful meditation. He is seated in a meditating position. This Mudra is called ‘Dhyanamudra’. His palms are joined together with the right on the left, two thumb fingers touching each other. An alms bowl is between his two palms. Here the meditating hand gesture represents the unity of wisdom and compassion.

Abhaya Buddha Mudra – Amoghsiddhi :

Amoghsiddhi Dhayani Buddha Mudra Amoghsiddhi is the fifth Dhyani Buddha in order. He represents cosmic element of Samskar (Conformation). His left hand lies open on the lap and the right exhibits the Abhaya Mudra. The gesture of fearlessness and protection, usually shown as the left hand with palm turned outward and all fingers extended upwards. The symbolic meaning of the dispelling fear pose is an interpretation of the action of preaching. It is said that one gains fearlessness by following the Bodhisattva path.

Relevant consort and Bodhisattva of 5 Dhyani Buddhas.

Each Dhyani Buddha has corresponding or relevant female deity or consort and Bodhisattva. They are as follows.

  1. Consort of Vairochana is White TaraConsort of Vairochana is White Tara
  • White Tara in Sanskrit is known as Vajra Dhatvishvari, In Tibetan Language is known as Ying Chukma is the consort of Vairochana, who represents the purity of the element space
  • White Tara 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.
  • Relevant Bodhisattva name is Samantabhadra.
  1. Consort of Akshobhya is Locani BuddhaConsort of Akshobhya is Locani Buddha
  • Locani is known as Buddhalochana in Sanskrit and in Tibet known as Sangye chenma) is the consort of Akshobhya who represents the purity of the element earth
  • Relevant Bodhisattva is Vajrapani
  1. Consort of Amitabha is PandaravasiniConsort of Amitabha is Pandaravasini
  • Buddha Amitabha and Dakini consort Pandaravasini are the perception that is associated with element fire and light. They are related to the siddhi of magnetizing.
  • Pandaravasini is a Sanskrit Term which is known as Gokarmo in Tibetan Language is the consort of Amitabha, who represents the purity of the element fire
  • Relevant Bodhisattva is Avalokitesvara
  1. Consort of Ratnasambhava is MamakiConsort of Ratnasambhava is Mamaki
  • Mamaki is the Sanskrit word which is also known as Mamaki in Tibetan language is the consort of Ratnasambhava, who represents the purity of the element water
  • Relevant Bodhisattva is Ratanapani
  1. Consort of Amoghsiddhi is Green TaraConsort of Amoghsiddhi is Green Tara
  • Green Tara in Tibetan language is called: “Grol ma ljang gu”. It is believed that Green Tara guides us into the path of enlightenment “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 known as Samayatara in Sanskrit and Damtsik Drolma in Tibetan language.She is the consort of Amoghasiddhi, who represents the purity of the element wind
  • Relevant Bodhisattva is Visvapani.

There are the five dhyani buddha mudras explained in detail. However, If you want to know about how the Buddha statues are made do check this article Making of a Buddha Statue.

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Buddha Statue-A symbol of peace and enlightenment.

Why do Buddhists honor Buddha Statue?Buddha Statue - Completed Buddha Statue

Buddha Statue for Inspiration to meditate and grow spiritually: Buddhists do not worship Buddha statue as a god but rather take it as inspiration to practice mediation and apply teachings of  Buddhism. Buddha statue stands out being a focal point to get inspiration for meditation and even other forms of meditations like yoga. It also act as a symbol of truth and reminder of teaching of Buddha which is the route and direction towards enlightenment. This is the primary reason Buddhist keep some form of Buddha rupas in their home, meditation altar , living rooms and even in gardens. They can come in a buddha statue, thangka painting, prayer flag, prayer mala, jewelry like pendant, necklace and earrings. They can also come in other ritual objects like mandala, prayer wheels etc. However, lets focus on buddha statues here in this article.There are many different kinds of Buddha rupas. How do you go about choosing the right one for you? Before you can make decision you need to ask yourself this question first.

Why do you need to have a buddha statue?

It is really important to understand why you need one at first place. Simply try to answer to the question “why do you need to buy a Buddha statue?” Trying to find the answer will help you a lot in making the right decision in selecting the right one. You have to listen to your own inner-self. So close your eyes, take a deep breath and ask yourself the above question. Ask your soul and you will find the answer.

To help you get started, here are the basic things you need to understand.

1. Buddha Statue for spiritual reason If your purpose of buying then it is about helping yourself achieve inner peace and happiness. The statue will help you practice meditation better to purify your mind and soul. In this case, you can opt for Meditating Buddha statue or Shakyamuni Buddha. Putting buddha rupas in our altar gives the visual re-assurance that we are on the right path to Nirvana. It gives you the confidence. You will feel that the teacher is in front of you with all his valuable teachings to ultimately break free from this life cycle, sorrow and pain to achieve ultimate state of “Nirvana”

2. Buddha Statue to liven up your life. If you however, want to get inspiration with the image and create happy mood with joy and liveliness in your life, happy Buddha or laughing Buddha may be appropriate one.

3. Buddha Figurine to server as Ambience: However, the Buddha Sculpture can simply serve as great ambience to your living room or showroom specially if you want to share and appreciate your passion and love for the artwork. In this case, you can go for Golden Buddha, Antique Buddha as well as oxidized Buddha.

4. Zen Garden Buddha Statues, big buddha statues specially made of stone, bronze and even marbles can be appropriate to your if you plan to harmonize environment of your garden with peace

If you want to learn more about different kinds of Buddha statues and find the right one for you please check the following link Right Buddha Statues

Who is Buddha? What is the meaning of a Buddha?

Buddha isn’t God but a man just like us but big difference is he is the enlightened one. His name is Siddhartha Gautama. Buddha indicates one who has awakened towards the reality. Born in a wealthy royal family in Lumbini, Nepal around 5th century BC, younger Siddhartha was obviously a cosseted royal prince. His doting mother and father, hoping to spare his lifetime’s pain and suffering, sheltered him from anything uncomfortable that might trigger him from thinking that his life is not perfect and start wondering about finding the truth. He never knew anything about poverty, sickness, death, or perhaps any of the common day to day problems.

One day as a young man, the prince wandered off and noticed the actual enduring and sufferings of other folks first hand; he deserted his privileges to seek living of an ascetic in search of real truth and way to happiness. After many years of wandering the county-side, residing a life of deprive, Siddhartha made a decision to seek middle way. The middle way seeks and avoidance of extremes, self mortification. He thought there could be conciliation in between wretched self denial as well as lifestyle in the typical world.

After much deep meditation, Siddhartha became an enlightened one – The Buddha. His discoveries and philosophy is later termed as Buddhism.

What is Buddhism?

Buddhism is really a philosophy according to empathy to attain enlightenment known as “Nirvana.” Buddhism explains the truth that the main cause of sufferings and unhappiness is our very own condition of mind and exactly how we see things. When we initiate to purify our mind and soul with the aid of Vipassana Meditation, ultimately, achieving of evergreen happiness free from sorrow and discomfort known as “Nirvana” is possible. – Strong Belief of Amogh Shakya MD Shakya Handicraft.

One day, As per the custom, when Buddha went to Tushita Bhuwan: (Heaven according to ancient belief, where Mayadevi’s spirit resided after her death here on earth) to preach his late mother, the king could not surpass his absence so he had artisans to make the replica of him in sandalwood. The statue was made at the place where he was seated when he returned home after getting enlightenment and give his dharma discourse. It is believed The first Buddha was made like this and believed then that the statue will represent the teaching of the Buddha and be inspiration for the followers in future.

What is the meaning of a Buddha statue?

Buddha statue is a statue of an image that represents the awakened or enlightened one called “Buddha”. A Buddha statue can have different meanings depending on what type of Buddha statue it is. What Mudra or symbol does it represent? Buddha figurine is there for a reason. It is there to represent certain teachings or explain certain concepts of Buddhism. Buddha statues come in various positions and mudras (hand gestures). Each position or mudra represents certain concept of the Buddhist philosophy. It is there to educate people and remind them of the teachings of Buddha.

What does different symbols or parts of a Buddha statue represent?

Generally there are different types of Buddha Statues with different body posture, hand gestures and symbols. You can check in details under the following sections below. However in this paragraph we are discussing the symbols of a simple meditating enlightened Buddha that we most often see that is Shakyamuni Buddha. Shakyamuni is the one who got enlightened and seated in a lotus flower with legs folded and one had touching the ground.

Most of the other forms of peaceful Buddha holds the same nature, description and symbols in his body. So lets get into it and cover the different meaning of the body parts and symbols he carries. Buddha’s hair is usually short with curly  shape. It is stated in ancient stories and beliefs that Buddha when he left palace in search of truth cut his hair and never looked back and went for long meditation course. It is when after 4 years of meditation he actually got enlightened hi hair has never grown longer but remained short and curly like you will see in the Buddha heads.

The over all face should express the compassion. Buddha eyes have to be the most beautiful and compassionate one. It is always in a state of meditation with compassion looking at his disciples. Buddha ears are long representing long life and also represents the Buddhas willingness to listen to those who need and enlighten them. To learn more on this check this article out.  Why does Buddha have long ears?

Buddha’s body wears a robe Only half or parts of his body is covered with robe. So flesh is seen partially. He is seated and one hand touches ground. This position is called “Bhumisparsa Mudra” This position means that Buddha after getting enlightenment called earth as a witness to what he learned and calling himself as a Buddha . It is believed tht Buddha stayed four days under the bodhi tree revising what he learned and discovered to finally call himself a Buddha after confirmation of his discovery or enlightenment.

Hand gestures (called mudras) have different meanings, such as teaching or protection etc. We will get into more details on these below. But Shakyamni Buddha has one bowl on his hand.

A dot or tika on the forehead is called third eye that represents the wisdom he has to see this world in whole different way wisely. A full mouth represent the ability of excellent speech or verbal skills. To be able to present himself and teach and explain the concepts of his teachings or dharma.

Even arms slim fingers represents logic without emotions that leads to diagnosing or analyzing things with out prejudice. This also further explains about his mindfulness because of which Buddha can act with pure and precise mind. Having explained the general anatomy of a peaceful Buddha statue lets focus on few of the most common or popular hand gestures of a Buddha statue.

Five Dhyani Buddha Mudras or Hand Gestures.

“Mudra” is the Sanskrit word which means hand gestures and finger postures that are used in Buddhism. Such Buddha mudra is associated with the images of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to represent different teachings and philosophy of Buddhism.

A statue or a painting of Buddha always illustrates a Mudra. Among hundreds of mudras, the five transcendental Buddha’s also called “Dhyani Buddhas” or “Pancha Buddhas” bear the most important mudras. These mudras are as follows.

  • Dharmachakra Buddha Mudra – Vairochana:

Dharmachakra Mudra has two hands held against the chest with the tips of the thumbs and forefingers of each hand united. This mudra represents a gesture of Teaching.

  • Bhumisparsa Buddha Mudra – Akshobhya:

This gesture, “touching the earth” (Bhumisparsa) Mudra, became Buddha Akshobhya’s Mudra. Buddha Shakyamuni asked mother earth to bear witness to his attainment of Enlightenment. To indicate this, he touched the earth with his right hand as witness to his perfection. Thus, this mudra is formed.

  • Varada Buddha Mudra – Ratna Sambhava:

Varada Mudra. His right hand lies open near his right knee. His left hand is seen holding an alms bowl. In Sanskrit, Varada means ‘granting a boon’. The gesture shows the right palm turned towards the receiver of boons, with the fingers pointed downwards.

  • Dhyana Buddha Mudra – Amitabha Buddha:

This Mudra has palms joined together with the right on the left, two thumb fingers touching each other. As bowl is between his two palms. Here the meditating hand gesture represents state of deep meditation and the unity of wisdom and compassion.

  • Abhaya Buddha Mudra – Amoghsiddhi :

Abhaya mudra- The hand gesture of fearlessness and protection, usually shown as the left hand with palm turned outward and all fingers extended upwards. It is taught with this hand gesture that one gains fearlessness by following the Bodhisattva path.

Each Dhyani Buddha has corresponding or relevant female deity or consort and Bodhisattva.These deities themselves have unique mudras and positions. To know more on this do check out this article “Buddha Mudra..

What are different types of buddha statues?

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 before choosing the right ones for you. You can check this post on learning more about different hand gestures of a Buddha statue called “Mudras”

Why do we need to meditate? Why is it so important to meditate?

Meditation is the ultimate tool for achieving enlightenment. It is greater than Buddha himself because  without the help of meditation Buddha would not have attained enlightenment and he would not have become or called “Buddha” Meditation is the process of looking within yourself. It is about knowing yourself inside out. Just like a doctor diagnosis its patients we need to diagnose ourselves the problems within us. We need to find out what is it that is keeping us from being happy. We will find out how our mind works and what sorts of thoughts and imaginations we constantly dwell in. Please refer to this article to learn more about benefits of meditation.

 

 

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Sculpting Buddha Statue-How are they made? Making of Buddha statue by Lost Wax Method.

Sculpting Buddha Statue By Lost Wax Method

Sculpting Buddha statue is a lengthy process which requires great skill and time. Sculpting of a large piece can take up to 6 or even more months and several artisans to work on it for accomplishment. In ancient times, the methods of making statues were kept secret among few families in Patan and Kathmandu. The skill was passed down to generation and was guarded from those outside the family circle.

The process of making of a Buddha statue is known as Lost Wax method as the original wax model is drained out by heat from the mold and is LOST in that sense. There are mainly three major steps of casting a sculpture and two other steps to completing a Buddha statue.

How to make a Buddha statue step by step?

  1. Sculpturing a wax mold,
  2. Making of a Buddha clay model
  3. Metal casting.
  4. Hand Carving
  5. Polishing and Finishing with either plain copper or gold plated body.
    1. Face is also either painted with 24 k gold or left with copper finish.
    2. Plain copper can be made to look new or antique
Buddha Statue Wax Model
Buddha Statue Wax Model
Wax Model Buddha Statue
Wax Model Example

Firstly, a core model is made based on a buddha rupa needed using beeswax. This should represent exactly how the statue will appear after completion. For each statue, separate core wax model should be made. The thickness of wax model should exactly be as the thickness desired for the metal statue. Tools made from horn of animals are used to design the wax model. The black wax model is made by softening the wax by heating. The artist gives a definite structure and makes a wax model as how it should appear in metal.

After the wax model is ready, in the second stage, it is covered with thin layer of liquefied soil mixed with cow dung known as clay. A thick layer of clay is put on top of  the structure which is mixed with rice peel to make it thicker.

Wax models Examples

 

making of clay
Making of Clay

There are different kinds of clay. They can be grey clay, yellow clay, black clay. They are used based on the type of statues needed to make. Like for finer prints and carvings imprints we use the right proportion of cow-dong and grey clay. It gives more smoother impressions. Once the wax model is covered with clay, it is dried in sun for several days. The nails are put through the wax to hold the outer mold away from the core, which stop it from collapsing as the metal run through.

Clay Moulding
Clay Molding

Once the wax model is dried completely it is baked in a very hot kiln which melts the wax inside. The melted wax is poured out by making a small hole with a pointed tool. Through same hole the extremely heated and liquefied metal is poured inside. The amount of the required metal can be estimated from the amount of wax used because the liquid metal will replace the beeswax in the mold block. Normally one kilogram of wax is replaced by 100 grams of metal. So this is difficult very process which has to be done carefully. The wax model should not be damaged or broken in the process.

Sculpting Buddha - Semi finished state
Buddha Semi finished State

The metal takes the shape of the wax inside the soil coat. It is placed in the cold water for cooling. After several days the soil coated is broken by hammer and the rough metal statue is obtained. This entire process is completed in more or less 2 months. This depends on season and the particular days. If they are mostly sunny days then the time required to dry up the clay coat will shorten. If it is winter season and there are mostly damp days with out sun then it takes a lot of time.

The rough metal statue still needs a lot of work- it needs to be smoothed, trimmed, carved and polished. Sometime there are leftover chunks of metal that need to fill off. The holes from the nails that kept the core separate from the plaster mold during casting may be filled with the same metal as was used for the image- so you can hardly see them. If the metal failed to reach any parts of the image, patches may also now be added on and smoothed over.Once the rough metal statue is smoothed and polished, then carving and detailing works are done.

Handcarving Buddha Statue

HandCarving Work in Progress
Hand-carving Work in Progress

Generally body is divided into two parts. One is lotus base and the other is the body and head of a statue. Fine hand carving is one of the most critical part of the process as it defines the outer look and higher quality. More finer the carvings with more details higher is the quality of a statue. You can take a look at the pictures below.Sculpting Buddha Face Carvings

Sculpting Buddha Face Carvings

Fine Hand Carvings on Body
Fine Hand Carvings on Body

 

Sculpting Buddha - Lotus Base Semi Finished
Sculpting Buddha – Lotus Base Semi Finished

Now, the statue can be completed in either plain polished copper , oxidized to give antique look, Partially or fully gold plated body, 24k gold painted face etc. Buyers can customize at this particular state. Once the statue is completed in either style it cannot be reverted. Here is an example of a sculpting Buddha work in progress. It is on the way to getting partially gold plated body and face gold painted with 24 k gold.

At this state all the carvings are done with initial polishing of the body. Face is painted with first layer of gold. Once the gold is dried up paintings are done on top of it with eyes, nose, lips and tika. Also the hair color is painted with either black blue color depending on buyers choice. Lotus base is separately worked on where the petals are gold plated. In  this particular case, it is partially gold plated. Only the flesh parts are gold plated. The robe parts are painted with brown color.

Sculpting Buddha Work in Progress
Sculpting Work in Progress

Gold Buddha - 24K Gold Painted face

Face is the most essential part. It is ultimately the part which gives away expression. It needs to have compassionate look as of the enlightened Buddha. Only specialized artisans focused on painting faces can do it with their decades of experience.You can notice the details in making eyes, eyebrows above, tika, nose work, lips and even the complexion of the cheek and overall face. The combination has to be perfect to give a compassionate look. While painting neck part is also taken care of. And You have to take notice of the long ears too. It is also gold painted by hand carefully. So this is how we make a Buddha Face look compassionate and inspiring.After all the hard work , its time to put all things together with base lotus and body fit together. And here is the final look of the finely completed face

The face is the final stage of making a buddha statue. Once it is completed we can consider Buddha statue to be completed. And here is the example of completed partially gold plated Buddha Statue. Sculpting Buddha Completed

Of course, you can find beautiful Buddha statues that are completed in other styles as well. They can come in Full Gold Statue. Here the entire body is fully gold plated with 24 k gold. Gold plating in traditional Newari style is different than simply electroplating. In traditional gold plating gold is mixed with ancient solution to make it so call pala. It is then pasted by hand on the parts of the statues. Where as in electroplating the statue is simply dipped in liquid solution  using modern electroplating technique. Traditional method is much expensive and consumes lots of gold than in electroplating. The quality of gold plating in traditional way is much higher than electroplating.

Besides gold plating Buddha statues can come in other forms as well like  oxidized and antiquated to give antique look. They can also be completed in plain copper finish.  You can check our beautiful Buddha statues made by lost wax method in our Buddhist Store. Check out Full Gold Buddha statue, Partial gold Buddha Statue, Antique Look Buddha Statue etc. from our store.

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Amitabha Buddha- one of the most popular Dhyani Buddhas

Amitabha Buddha Statue for sale

Amitabha Buddha is one of the most popular and well-known Buddha. It is a member of well know Pancha Buddha or Five Dhayani Buddhas. It is also known as Amitayus. Philosophically Amitabha means boundless light and boundless happiness. It is common belief that he resides in the “sukhabatti bhavan” Land of Ultimate Bliss (also called as Pure Land) in peaceful meditation. In this Pure Land  all beings enjoy boundless happiness and peace.

The spiritual power of Amitabha Buddha, helps all beings in this world with better understanding of teaching of Buddha if practiced regularly and diligently. And this will ultimately help in attaining the Nirvana ultimate enlightenment. Nirvana, is the state of mind that you achieve when you no longer suffer with the help of wisdom you have achieved with practice of meditation and teachings of Buddha. So by reciting Amitabha Buddha’s name and meditating, some Buddhist followers hope that they will be born in this Pure Land after their lives on earth. They also mimic the position of Amitabha Buddha while worshiping by holding a patra on the palm of the hand and sitting in the same posture.

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Vajrasattva Dhyani Buddha-Priest of the Five Dhyani Buddha.

Vajrasattva Buddha Statue
Vajrasattva Buddha Statue

Vajrasattva Buddha is one of the main deities of Vajrayana Buddhism. In Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhism it is considered as the sixth Dhyani Buddha, as the priest of the Five-Dhyani Buddhas (Pancha Buddhas). Followers or devotees worship him in a secret way. The lessons are not revealed to those who do not follow the path of Vajrayana Buddhism. In a way, it does not have easy access. One has to fulfill the norms of Vajrayana Buddhism.

Vajrasattva Buddha rupa has two forms, one is single and another is YabYum (Tibetan Form – it comes with the consort or partner). This Dhyani Buddha wears all the rich jewelry gold or silver ornaments with precious or semi precious stones carved in them , rich dresses and crown decorated again with precious metals and stones. These ornaments are typically made in Lalitpur, Nepal. Check here for Newari Tibetan Ornaments and ritual items.

Just like other other Dhyani Buddhas , Vajrasattva sits cross-legged in the meditative pose. But the difference is he carries Vajra (Dorje Tibetan term) in his right hand with palms facing upward against the chest. Bell also called Ghanta is in the left hand resting upon the left thigh.

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

Best place and factors to consider to buy buddha statue.

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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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Interested in Buying statues in wholesale?

We can help you to get items in bulk. We have many different product lines specially Wholesale Buddha statues, singing bowls, ritual items, silver jewelry and thangka paintings.Of course for wholesale dealing MOQ is must otherwise it is not considered wholesale. Depending on products we set Minimum Order Quantity per order so that the price can be as best as possible.

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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

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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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