Antique Laos Style Bronze Charity Gautama Buddha Statue - 54cm/22"
Measurements - H54cm/22"
An antique Laos style seated Charity Buddha on an ornate pedestal. In the realm of Buddhist iconography, where each figure radiates unique virtues and teachings, the Charity Buddha stands as a luminous embodiment of compassion and selflessness. Also known as the Giving or Almsgiving Buddha, this revered representation transcends cultural boundaries, inspiring individuals to cultivate generosity and kindness.
This Laos style Buddha comes from a nation where Buddhism is more than just a religion; it is a way of life that shapes the country's identity and cultural fabric. Lao people find solace, wisdom, and a sense of purpose in the teachings of the Buddha. The practice of Theravada Buddhism in Laos, with its emphasis on meditation, mindfulness, and ethical conduct, serves as a guiding light for spiritual seekers and a source of unity and serenity in this beautiful Southeast Asian nation.
The large lotus flower ushnisha protuberance on top of his head, typical of Laos art, symbolizes his high level of spiritual development. The Buddha has a peaceful countenance with downcast introspective eyes and a firm brow. His earlobes are stretched long from a youth spent as a prince wearing heavy gold earrings.
Holding an open alms bowl this posture is a reminder of the duty of the monks to follow Buddha's ideal of detachment and poverty and to go each day to receive food from the hands of the believers. It represents charity and compassion. The Charity Buddha exemplifies the virtue of giving. Rooted in the teachings of Buddhism, the act of charity is considered a path towards spiritual enlightenment. The Charity Buddha serves as a guide, urging followers to embrace the transformative power of selfless generosity.
The alms bowl represents the acceptance of offerings and, in turn, the willingness to share the abundance with those in need. The act of giving alms, whether in material goods or spiritual guidance, is a central theme in Buddhist practice.
After four years of his ministry, Buddha went to his family community in Kapilavatsu (town in Nepal) to collect offerings from the people there. The following day, he went back and presented himself at the palace of the king, his father, so that the members of the royal family could, hostility being put aside, make their food offerings.
The Charity Buddha, with its alms bowl and compassionate presence, stands as a luminous symbol in the rich tapestry of Buddhist iconography. In its teachings on generosity and selflessness, the Charity Buddha invites followers to illuminate the world with the transformative power of compassion.
As individuals strive to embody the virtues embodied by the Giving Buddha, they contribute to a legacy of kindness, altruism, and the boundless potential for positive change in the world.
The Charity Buddha, in its timeless grace, beckons us to embrace the path of generosity, recognizing that in giving, we receive the truest and most profound gifts of the heart.
The Buddha is seated on a large lotus flower pedestal. The lotus flower represents purity, compassion and the giving of great joy to all.
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