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Buddha figures and their meaning - the teachings & symbolism of the Buddha


What should you know about the meaning of Buddha images?

It promises the experience of lasting happiness, the liberation and enlightenment of body and mind, as well as the experience of higher states of consciousness and shows ways to fulfill life. Buddhism is no longer only widespread in the countries of Asia, where it is the main religion, but is finding more and more enthusiastic followers in Europe and the USA.




What is the meaning of meditation in the Buddhist faith?

Buddhism differs in many respects from the other major world religions - followers of this religion have neither heaven nor the redemption of sins as their goal, but rather the achievement of a new state of consciousness, the maturation of "karma" and "treading" the diamond path . Buddhists also do not pray to any direct deity, instead they worship Gautama Buddha, who was born in North India and the founder of this religion. The former learned to fathom his own mind through meditation and thereby recognized his true nature. It is said that this insight allowed him to reach a higher level of consciousness, that he was able to develop his full inner powers through meditation and that he finally became enlightened.


What is the symbolism behind the sculptures of this saint?

Since Buddhism also found its way into the western countries of the world and brought people to religion, its symbolisms, which are shaped by their spiritual nature, have also spread. Particularly well-known, popular and indispensable for Buddhists are the various Buddha figures, which differ not only in their appearance, but also in their essence and meaning. A special Buddha figure is assigned to each weekday, which determines the nature of the day.

Whether standing, sitting or lying down. Buddha figures have many different meanings with their poses and hand postures.

During the Buddhist week

The Buddhist week begins with Sunday, the associated Buddha figure depicts him in a relaxed pose. He lets his arms hang loosely, with his right hand covering his left hand. For Monday there is a figure who is supposed to have a peaceful effect and radiate healing powers in order to overcome illnesses and strokes of fate. Tuesday, on the other hand, is given by a calm and serene Buddha in a reclining position, who introduces the attunement to Wednesday, the most important day of the week. This in turn is assigned different Buddhas in the morning and in the evening. At first a waiting figure with an upright seat and an alms bowl in hand and later a Buddha in combination with a monkey and an elephant. Probably the best known is the Thursday Buddha, a figure who meditates with a graceful face and closed eyes. On Friday there is a standing Buddha with arms crossed in front of his chest and on Saturday this is combined with the figure of King Naga, who is supposed to bring protection and harmony.




What is the meaning of the hand postures?

In his many images and sculptures, Buddha is depicted in three different postures: sitting, standing or walking or lying. Each posture can be linked to certain symbols of the hands and thus has a special meaning. This combination of body and hand posture of the Buddha is called mudra.

The seated Buddha

The most famous Buddha figure is the meditating Buddha, whose hands rest loosely in his lap. The palms on top of each other point upwards. The name of this hand gesture is Dayana mudra. That is also known Dharmacakra mudra - Buddha, which means "to set the wheel of teaching in motion". He is sitting cross-legged and has his hands raised to chest level. His thumb and forefinger form small circles while the fingers of the left hand touch the palm of his right hand. The Buddha is also sitting cross-legged with the Bhusmisparsa mudra called posture. His left hand rests on his lap while his right hand rests on his knee. The fingers of this hand point to the ground. Its name means "defeat of the demon Mara" and symbolizes the steadfastness and strength of the Buddha. The same posture can also be found in the Buddha Naga Brok, who sits on a coiled snake.


The standing Buddha

Buddha figures are often depicted in a standing or walking form and, depending on the meaning, have different positions of the hands. A Buddha with his hands raised and his palms facing forward is known as an Abhaya mudra, which means "to drive away fear" and is supposed to convey the feeling of protection and fearlessness. Similar to the seated Buddha figures, there is also a standing Buddha with one or two raised hands. His thumb and forefinger touch each other in a familiar way. This represents the "gesture of instruction", of teaching and explaining, and is called Vitarka mudra. Finally, there is the figure of the Buddha with arms hanging straight down and his fingers pointing towards the ground. His palms are facing forward and symbolize the "gesture of granting a wish", also known as the Varada mudra. It stands for mercy and freedom of movement.


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