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Death of Buddha

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The death of Gautama Buddha is known as Parinirvana i.e. Complete Nirvana among the Buddhist tradition. Death of Buddha is one of the most important day in history of Buddhism all over the world, and this event lead to other important events in Buddhism i.e. Ananda attained Nirvana, and beginning of Buddhist councils that shaped the present situation of Buddhism in the present world. Gautama Buddha attained Parinirvana after preaching the teachings of Buddha for around 45 years at the age of 80.

Buddha and his Illness

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Being eighty years old, Gautama Buddha have been passing down his knowledge of Nirvana for 45 years and travelling for most of the time, he became ill. Only Gautama Buddha cousin and Buddha disciples Ananda knew about it and while other Buddhist monks were sent to other places. Even with the great pain, Gautama Buddha started meditation, one of the important Buddhist practices and found great comfort. Then Gautama Buddha gave advice to Ananda who was in great grieved about the illness of Lord Buddha.

"Now I am frail, Ananda, old, aged, far gone in years. This is my eightieth year, and my life is spent. My body is like an old cart, barely held together.

Therefore, Ananda, be islands unto yourselves, refuges unto yourselves, seeking no other refuge; with the Dharma as your island, the Dharma as your refuge, seeking no other refuge." – Taken from the Maha-Parinibbana Sutra

Re-appearance of Mara

During their stay in Capala Shrine, Gautama Buddha was still teaching Ananda who have yet to attained Nirvana, while Ananda was unable to understand the true meaning behind Lord Buddha's word. Mara Demon who appeared in front of Lord Buddha was about to attain Enlightenment appeared once again in front of Gautama Buddha. The main reason behind Mara Demon appearance was to tell Gautama Buddha to give up his life and enter and attained Complete Nirvana.

But Lord Buddha assured him that he would do so but only after three months. After seeing Gautama Buddha will to live, the earth beneath Lord Buddha responded with earthquake and Demon Mara leave the shrine and thus Gautama Buddha and Ananda continued their journey to Kushinagar.

Kushinagar

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Kushinagar is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world along with Lumbini, Bodh Gaya, and Sarnath. After their encounter with Mara Demon, their journey to Kushinagar came to break when Cunda invited Lord Buddha and Ananda to dinner. But Gautama Buddha asked Cunda that only he would eat the food. Thus Cunda only served food to Gautama Buddha. It is still proved that what Cunda gave to Gautama Buddha i.e. pig's soft food, or mushroom. It is believed that food given by Cunda contained poison thus Gautama Buddha was in great pain along with dysentery. He comfort the pain through the meditation but it triggered the death of Buddha.

During their journey from Cunda house to Kushinagar, Lord Buddha asked Ananda not to blame Cunda since it was not intentional. When the two reached Kushinagar, he asked Ananda to prepare a couch between two trees. Ananda prepared it without delay and Lord Buddha layed down on the couch with one leg above the other and rest his head with his right hand.

After resting and realizing his time, Lord Buddha advised all the Buddhist monks to take and keep the order of the monks and assured all the Buddhist monks that they would attained Enlightenment and passed to Parinirvana.

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After the death of Buddha, Buddhist council was formed to turn the teachings of Enlightenment of Buddha into written scriptures. Through Buddhist various Buddhist tradition were formed leading to number of Buddhist tradition i.e. Mahayana Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism Newar Buddhism etc. The position of Buddha attaining Parinirvana is known as reclining Buddha and is very popular among Nepali Buddha Statues as well as Tibetan Buddha statues. Due to the importance of reclining position, Nepal Tibet Buddha statues are quite famous all over the world especially, monasteries, museums etc.

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Our collections of Buddha statues and arts

Large antique wooden Mandalay Buddha statue

Large antique wooden Mandalay Buddha statue

1,250 euro
Antique Thai bronze Rattanakosin Buddha

Antique Thai bronze Rattanakosin Buddha

300 euro
Pair antique Burmese Nat statues

Pair antique Burmese Nat statues

950 euro
High quality Nepali bronze Buddha statue

High quality Nepali bronze Buddha statue

1,300 euro
Old bronze Nepali Padmasambhava statue

Old bronze Nepali Padmasambhava statue

300 euro
Special antique bronze Shan Buddha

Special antique bronze Shan Buddha

Antique bronze Thai Buddha statue

Antique bronze Thai Buddha statue

950 euro
Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

275 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

700 euro
Antique bronze Mandalay Buddha statue

Antique bronze Mandalay Buddha statue

850 euro
Antique bronze Thai monk statue

Antique bronze Thai monk statue

1,550 euro
Old bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha statue

1,550 euro
Special Burmese crowned Buddha statue

Special Burmese crowned Buddha statue

4,250 euro
Antique Thai Buddha on Naga snake

Antique Thai Buddha on Naga snake

750 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

1,750 euro
Early antique Burmese Buddha statue

Early antique Burmese Buddha statue

5,500 euro
Antique bronze Thai Monk statue

Antique bronze Thai Monk statue

350 euro
Special large bronze Buddha statue

Special large bronze Buddha statue

15,500 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

250 euro
Antique Burmese Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Buddha statue

125 euro
Antique Burmese crowned Buddha statue

Antique Burmese crowned Buddha statue

2,250 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Buddha statue

1,850 euro
Large old teakwooden Buddha statue

Large old teakwooden Buddha statue

3,250 euro
Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

250 euro
12th century Terracotta Bagan Tablet

12th century Terracotta Bagan Tablet

600 euro
Antique Burmese Mandalay Buddha statue

Antique Burmese Mandalay Buddha statue

300 euro
Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

1,400 euro
New bronze Nepali Buddha statue

New bronze Nepali Buddha statue

900 euro
Large old wooden Burmese Buddha

Large old wooden Burmese Buddha

1,950 euro
Old bronze Nepali Manjushri statue

Old bronze Nepali Manjushri statue

2,750 euro
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