Shakyamuni Buddha, revered as a role model, guide, and source of inspiration, is believed to be sustained on Earth through the sacred beliefs of “dharma” and the supportive Buddhist community known as “sanga.” These three elements, Buddha, Dharma, and Sanga, constitute the esteemed “Three Jewels of Buddhism.”
Numerous replicas of these motifs can be found worldwide, and while each representation may differ, they possess distinct characteristics that enable us to identify and appreciate the unique qualities of the various Buddhas.
The lotus seat symbolizes the ability to reside in this imperfect world without being tainted by its flaws. The sun embodies “prajna,” representing wisdom, while the moon embodies “upaya,” representing compassionate methods.
The left hand is positioned in the dhyani mudra, a gesture of meditation, while the right hand assumes the Bhumisparsa mudra, translated as “taking the earth as a witness.” This mudra references a specific episode from the Buddha’s life and is often depicted in thangka paintings that chronicle his life story.