Antique Thai Style Seated Bronze Rattanakosin Enlightenment Buddha Statue - 21cm/8"
Measures (Height) 21cm/8"
A beautiful Thai Rattanakosin style Bhumisparsa or 'Calling the Earth to Witness' mudra Buddha.
The Enlightenment Buddha, also known as the Buddha in the moment of enlightenment or the Earth-touching Buddha, is a profound and revered image in Buddhism. This depiction captures a pivotal moment in the life of Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, as he achieved enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. The Enlightenment Buddha serves as a powerful symbol of the Buddha's awakening and the universal potential for spiritual realization.
This delightful Buddha is seated on a decorated Rattanakosin style throne. Lotus leafs can seen encircling the pedestal, in the adamantine posture of vajraparyankasana, the right leg over the left.
The lotus flower represents the attaining of enlightenment and the ultimate fulfilment that follows. This symbol is heavily used in Eastern religions, which is why it can appear as both a held item or a seat. Some say that as the lotus flower grows in dirty water but becomes something beautiful, it demonstrates how we must forget our attachments to the material world around us and focus on our inner spirituality in order to seek happiness.
His royal robes are draped over both shoulders. The lower helm of the robe comes all the way down so that the undercloth or skirt is completely covered.
The Enlightenment Buddha, with his symbolic gesture of touching the Earth, encapsulates the essence of Buddhism's transformative message. It serves as a timeless reminder of the path to awakening, inner transformation, and liberation from suffering.
The image inspires individuals to cultivate mindfulness, wisdom, and perseverance on their spiritual journey. The Enlightenment Buddha is a beacon of hope, offering the profound message that the path to enlightenment is accessible to all who seek it, transcending the illusions and distractions of the world and touching the profound truth of existence.
His eyes are downcast, his compassionate face bestowing peace, blessings and inner serenity on his devotees.
The large ushnisha protuberance on top of his head, in the Rattanakosin style, symbolises his high level of spiritual development.
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