Tibetan Buddha Statues
In Tibet, Buddha statues are considered as the symbol of sacred support for different Buddhist practices in Tibet. Tibetan Buddha statues are the core of Tibetan Buddhist altar. In Tibetan Buddhism, Buddha statues are believed to be alive and provide blessings to living beings, and Buddhist devout in Tibetan Buddhism also believe in using the right kind of Tibetan Buddha statues to move on the right path and also inspire others in taking the right path. Finding the peace and calm through the medium of Buddha statues, is one of the common practices in Tibetan Buddhism.
Along with Nepal, Tibet is also known all over the world for their unique as well as different styles of Buddha statues. Being the representation of Gautama Buddha himself, Buddha statues in Tibet are also considered sacred and holy so Tibetan Buddha statues are seen with highly religious importance. Tibetan Buddha statues are also considered as a medium during chanting practices, and provide motivation and internal satisfaction, that may lead to the Enlightenment. The two core of Jokhang Temple are Buddha images of Shakyamuni Buddha as well as Vairocana Buddha. Buddha statue of Shakyamuni Buddha was brought by Princess Bhrikuti as a part of her dowry, while, Buddha image of Vairocana Buddha was brought by Princess Wengcheng. Both Princess Bhrikuti and Princess Wengcheng are two wives of King Songtsan Gampo of Tibet.
Buddha statues in Tibet
Tibetan Buddha statues in our gallery are some of the quite antique and ancient Buddha statues. In Tibetan Buddhism, statues of Buddha are mostly made of gilded bronze, while some of them are made of gold or silver. Some of the important features of Tibetan Buddha statues are:
- Buddha statues are depicted with Halo
- Buddha statues are made with the lotus-throne pedestal
- Shakyamuni Buddha statues are depicted with shoulder exposed
- Shakyamuni Buddha is depicted with rotating the "Wheel of Law" –which is believed to crush all the delusions.
- The main features of Tibetan Buddha statues is simplicity
- Carvings in Buddha statues using jade, stone, ivory, bamboo, horn, clay materials.
Types of Tibetan Buddha statues
Our Nepal Tibet Buddha statues collection is one of the largest collection in the world, and our Buddha statues gallery consists of different types of Tibetan Buddha statues in accordance of size, poses, hand mudras, types of materials used. Tibetan Buddha statues are mostly depicted with holding bajra in the hands of the Buddha statues. Tibetan Buddhist deities are often depicted and represented with hands and fingers in ritual poses, i.e. Mudra. Important Buddha mudras depicted in Tibetan Buddha statues are Abhaya, Bhumisparsha, Vitarka mudra, and Namaskara Mudra. Tibetan as well as Nepali Buddha statues depicted with different mudras have their own symbolic meanings such as Abhaya depicts protection, blessing while Bhumisparsa mudra in Buddha statues represents witness and earth touching.