This is a beautiful statue of the Gautama Shakyamuni Buddha intricately sculpted from resin and painted in auspicious gold with touches of black, red, and brown for highlight. He is shown in the reclining or sleeping position. Buddha lies on his right side with his head resting in the palm of his right hand. The Buddha’s long slender body is clothed in a Buddhist robe. His left hand is long and slender and rests upon his curved hip. It is important especially to note the difference in the position of the right hand. If supporting the head of the Buddha, the image denotes that the Buddha is resting or sleeping. The right hand placed alongside the body depicts that Buddha has entered Nirvana – which is a state of enlightenment. A peaceful half-smile graces his serene face. Display it in your living room or family room. The Buddha is a very auspicious symbol of wisdom, compassion, serenity, enlightenment, and transcendence.
Gautama, also known as Śākyamuni or Shakyamuni is the key figure in Buddhism. Shakyamuni is a Sanskrit word. Shakya, the Buddha’s clan name, means “able to be humane.” Muni means “sage.” Thus Shakyamuni means “Sage of the Shakyas.”
Gautama Buddha was a spiritual teacher in the ancient Indian subcontinent and the historical founder of Buddhism. He is universally recognized by Buddhists as the Supreme Buddha of our age. By tradition, he was born with the name Siddhārtha Gautama and, after a quest for the truth behind life and death, underwent a transformative spiritual change that led him to claim the name of Buddha. Buddha attained divine knowledge or “Bodhi” after six years of fasting and meditation. After enlightenment, Buddha shared his wisdom with all who asked. A statue or painting of a Buddha is called a “Buddharupa,” in Sanskrit meaning “the form of an Enlightened One.” Buddhists have used such images for thousands of years to show how the Truth can be found within oneself through the practice of meditation and spiritual training. Thus, a statue of Buddha does more than commemorate a historical figure; it is a reminder of the spiritual potential inherent within all of us to awaken to the Truth as He, a fellow human being, did – a symbol for wisdom, compassion, serenity, and transcendence.