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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

Old bronze Jambhala statue

Old bronze Jambhala statue

275 euro
Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

275 euro
Very early Jain statue with inscriptions

Very early Jain statue with inscriptions

600 euro
Bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha statue

Bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha statue

175 euro
Very special bronze Burmese Buddha statue

Very special bronze Burmese Buddha statue

47,500 euro
Old bronze Nepali Ganesha statue

Old bronze Nepali Ganesha statue

350 euro
Old wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha

Old wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha

800 euro
Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

500 euro
Old bronze Nepali Green Tara

Old bronze Nepali Green Tara

1,350 euro
Special antique marble Jain statue

Special antique marble Jain statue

2,750 euro
Old red Burmese offering vessel

Old red Burmese offering vessel

750 euro
Special antique bronze Shan Buddha statue

Special antique bronze Shan Buddha statue

7,500 euro
Old marble Hanuman statue

Old marble Hanuman statue

650 euro
Old bronze Burmese Buddha statue

Old bronze Burmese Buddha statue

500 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha statue

Antique wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha statue

1,850 euro
Old bronze Manjushri statue

Old bronze Manjushri statue

550 euro
Old bronze nepali Ganesha statue

Old bronze nepali Ganesha statue

250 euro
Old bronze Nepali Lokeshwor statue

Old bronze Nepali Lokeshwor statue

1,750 euro
Old bronze Parvati statue

Old bronze Parvati statue

900 euro
Old bronze Nepali White Tara statue

Old bronze Nepali White Tara statue

325 euro
Antique marble Ganesha statue

Antique marble Ganesha statue

2,850 euro
Old marble Burmese Buddha statue

Old marble Burmese Buddha statue

900 euro
Old Burmese Buddha statue

Old Burmese Buddha statue

1,600 euro
Pair of old marble lion statues

Pair of old marble lion statues

700 euro
Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

600 euro
Special antique Ivory Japanese Zushi shrine

Special antique Ivory Japanese Zushi shrine

14,500 euro
Antique bronze Thai Sukhothai Buddha statue

Antique bronze Thai Sukhothai Buddha statue

1,600 euro
Antique ivory Japanese figure

Antique ivory Japanese figure

1,500 euro
Old wooden Burmese Monk statue

Old wooden Burmese Monk statue

300 euro
Old wooden Burmese Throne

Old wooden Burmese Throne

1,250 euro
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