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Newar Buddhism

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Among various Buddhist traditions that existed in Nepal, Newarese Buddhism is one of them and a very popular one. For long time, Kathmandu valley became the center of many Tibetan as well as Western Buddhist since Buddhism in Nepal have long history for the development of Buddhism. Newar Buddhism is quite abundance in Nepalese along with Tibetan Buddhism and Vajrayana Buddhism. Simply saying Newar Buddhism is another of Vajrayana Buddhism. Newar Buddhism is mostly practiced by Newar Ethnicities especially inside the Kathmandu valley. Some of the popular newar ethnicity who practice Newar Buddhism are ritual Buddhist priests (also known as Guruji), Bajracharya and Shakya people. Shakya ethnicity are known for their abundance knowledge of Buddhism and it is said that Shakya people perform Buddhist ritual and practices mostly for their own families while Bajracharya people perform Buddhist ritual for others.

Ancient Buddhist Manuscripts

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Nepal, for many Asian and Western Buddhist is the religious destination since it is believed that many ancient as well as old Buddhist sutra are available in the hands of Newar Buddhist. There exists a great number of Sanskrit Buddhist manuscripts which was discovered by Mr. Brian Hudgson in 1824.

"One great service the people of Nepal did particularly the highly civilized Newars of the Nepal valley, was the preservation of all the manuscripts of Mahayana Buddhist literature in Sanskrit. it was the contribution of Sri Lanka to have preserved for humankind the entire mass of the Pali literature of Theravada Buddhism. This was also on to Burma, Cambodia and Siam. It was similarly the great achievement of people of Nepal to have preserved the equally valuable original Sanskrit texts of Mahayana buddhism." – written by Suniti Kumar Chatterji

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Buddhist sculptures in Nepal

As being profound in Sanskrit version of Buddhism, Newar Buddhist and people are also known for their superior skills in Buddhist artwork and long tradition of Buddhist monuments. These monuments consists the existence of Buddhist Baha, Newar version of Stupa, Buddha statues, Buddhist paintings such as Mandala, Thangkas etc. Newar people are profound in creating a beautiful artwork of Tibetan Buddha statues, Nepalese Buddha statues, and Buddha statues in accordance of other Buddhist tradition such as Burmese Buddha statues etc.

Not long ago, Buddhism was nearly disappeared from the face of India but it still existed to some major Buddhist events made by Dalai Lama himself. But even at such crucial time, Newar people and Buddhist kept Vajrayana Buddhism alive and even developed by organizing many Buddhist public rituals at important Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Swayambhunath temple became the center for important Buddhist events and rituals and even non-Buddhist take part in such events resulting in the better development of Buddhism in Kathmandu valley. Some of the important Buddhist events that took place in regular basis are Buddha Purnima, Samyak (where Buddha images and Nepal Tibet Buddha statues are displayed), Bunga Dyah Jatra etc.

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Our collections of Buddha statues and arts

Old bronze Samantabhadra statue

Old bronze Samantabhadra statue

850 euro
Old Nepali bronze Buddha statue

Old Nepali bronze Buddha statue

275 euro
Large old bronze Tara statue

Large old bronze Tara statue

2450 euro
Old Nepali Lokeshvara statue

Old Nepali Lokeshvara statue

750 euro
Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

275 euro
Special bronze Nepali crowned Buddha statue

Special bronze Nepali crowned Buddha statue

2750 euro
Antique Nepali bronze Basundara statue

Antique Nepali bronze Basundara statue

650 euro
Bronze Vajrasattva statue

Bronze Vajrasattva statue

150 euro
Antique bronze Nepali Prajnaparamita statue

Antique bronze Nepali Prajnaparamita statue

750 euro
Large bronze Aparmita Buddha statue

Large bronze Aparmita Buddha statue

2750 euro
Old Nepali Medicine Buddha statue

Old Nepali Medicine Buddha statue

500 euro
Old bronze Nepali Saraswati statue

Old bronze Nepali Saraswati statue

475 euro
Old bronze Nepali Chenrezig statue

Old bronze Nepali Chenrezig statue

475 euro
Bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Bronze Nepali Buddha statue

350 euro
Very special antique Nepali Buddha statue

Very special antique Nepali Buddha statue

13500 euro
Antique Nepali Bodhisattva statue

Antique Nepali Bodhisattva statue

1450 euro
Old bronze Aparmita Buddha

Old bronze Aparmita Buddha

500 euro
Old bronze Nepali Basundara statue

Old bronze Nepali Basundara statue

550 euro
Old Nepali bronze Buddha statue

Old Nepali bronze Buddha statue

275 euro
Old bronze Nepali Saraswati statue

Old bronze Nepali Saraswati statue

750 euro
Old bronze Green Tara statue

Old bronze Green Tara statue

500 euro
Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

275 euro
Antique bronze Vajrasattva statue

Antique bronze Vajrasattva statue

300 euro
Antique Nepali Buddha statue

Antique Nepali Buddha statue

2250 euro
High quality Nepali medicine Buddha statue

High quality Nepali medicine Buddha statue

950 euro
Old bronze Lokeshwar statue

Old bronze Lokeshwar statue

3750 euro
Old Nepali Lokeshwar statue

Old Nepali Lokeshwar statue

750 euro
High quality Nepali bronze Buddha statue

High quality Nepali bronze Buddha statue

1500 euro
Old Nepali Lokeshwor statue - high quality

Old Nepali Lokeshwor statue - high quality

2250 euro
Antique Nepali Bodhisattva Padmapani

Antique Nepali Bodhisattva Padmapani

600 euro
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