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Different Styles of Buddha statues

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In general, Buddha statues are considered as the medium to attain the knowledge of Nirvana. Buddha statues can be found different styles in accordance to the Buddhist tradition, poses, hand mudras and so on. These styles also apply to the Nepali Buddha statues and Tibetan Buddha statues. Based on these various styles, Buddha statues are depicted with different meanings behind the statues. In every Buddhist tradition, Buddha statues can be classified according to native Buddhist tradition, hand mudras of the statues, poses of the statues etc.

Even Nepali Buddha statues and Tibetan Buddha statues are found in variety of designs and also show as well as point to important event of Lord Buddha life. Some poses shows the enlightenment attained by Buddha in Bodhgaya, while some shows the event of Lord Buddha meditating. You can see the difference in the styles of Buddha statues if you have proper knowledge on the life of Lord Buddha.

Some Styles of Buddha statues

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  1. Meditating Buddha
    One of the most important poses of Buddha when he was meditating trying to attain the ultimate truth of the life. It is believed that Meditating Buddha statues should be place facing towards east. Many Buddhist monks and disciples of Buddha also use such poses to attain Nirvana.
  2. Blessing Buddha
    Blessing Buddha statues
    , are mostly referred and depicted in order to show the Lord Buddha providing blessings and bestowing fearlessness and compassion. Blessing Buddha statues are very popular among Nepal Tibet Buddha statues. Blessing Buddha is also depicted in standing position while blessing Buddhist monks.
  3. Teaching Buddha
    Teaching Buddha statues
    are especially depicted in many tradition of Buddhism such as Buddhism in Nepal, Buddhism in Burma, Buddhism in Thailand and Buddhism in Tibet since teaching is one of the important parts of Buddhism. The placement of hands in teaching Buddha statues are symbols that depicts the teachings of Lord Buddha i.e. Wheel of Dharma.
  4. Laughing Buddha
    Laughing Buddha statues
    are very popular in Buddhism of China as well as Buddhism in Tibet. It is said that Laughing Buddha statues are the symbols that represents good luck, abundance, fun and happiness.
  5. Reclining Buddha
    Reclining Buddha statues
    are basically the representation of Lord Buddha attaining Parinirvana i.e. Death of Buddha. Reclining Buddha statues are very popular among senior Buddha statues and there are many Giant reclining Buddha statues all over the world.
  6. Aside of these, some of the important styles of Buddha statues are represented with respect to Five Dhayani Buddhas or Pancha Buddhas in Nepali Buddhism. Each of these five Buddha are associated with direction, color and various other attributes. The five Pancha Buddhas are:

    1. Vairochana Buddha Statues (Teaching Mudra)
    2. Amoghasiddhi Buddha Statues (Fear not Mudra)
    3. Ratnasambhava Buddha Statues (Welcome Mudra)
    4. Akshobhya Buddha Statues (Earth Touching Mudra)
    5. Amitabha Buddha Statues (Meditation Mudra)

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Vairochana Buddha statues are very popular Nepali among and Tibetan Buddha statues, since in the history of the development of Buddhism in Tibet, Vairochana Buddha statue is very important statue that is the heart and core of Jokhang temple, one of the important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Tibet. Aside these styles of Nepal Tibet Buddha statues, some Buddha statues are based on the Buddhist mudras, and hand postures. Some of the most popular hand mudras are:

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  4. Dharmachakra Mudra
  5. Dhyana Mudra
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Our collections of Buddha statues and arts

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 wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha

Old wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha

800 euro
Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

500 euro
Special antique marble Jain statue

Special antique marble Jain statue

2,750 euro
Special antique bronze Shan Buddha statue

Special antique bronze Shan Buddha statue

7,500 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 marble Burmese Buddha statue

Old marble Burmese Buddha statue

900 euro
Old Burmese Buddha statue

Old Burmese Buddha statue

1,600 euro
Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

600 euro
Antique bronze Thai Sukhothai Buddha statue

Antique bronze Thai Sukhothai Buddha statue

1,600 euro
Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

600 euro
Old bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha

Old bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha

250 euro
Special high quality bronze Nepali Dipankar Buddha

Special high quality bronze Nepali Dipankar Buddha

5,500 euro
Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha statue

Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha statue

600 euro
Special antique bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Special antique bronze Nepali Buddha statue

3,250 euro
Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

650 euro
Antique Japanese Amida Buddha statue

Antique Japanese Amida Buddha statue

2,950 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Mandalay Buddha

3,500 euro
Old wooden Buddha carving with monks

Old wooden Buddha carving with monks

950 euro
Antique Buddha statue without face

Antique Buddha statue without face

150 euro
Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

900 euro
Antique Jain statue from an Indian temple

Antique Jain statue from an Indian temple

900 euro
Antique bronze Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique bronze Burmese Shan Buddha

400 euro
Antique marble Jain statue

Antique marble Jain statue

700 euro
Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

Antique bronze Thai Rattanakosin Buddha

1,250 euro
Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

Antique wooden Burmese Shan Buddha

150 euro
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