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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 Jambhala statue

Old bronze Jambhala statue

275 euro
Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

275 euro
Bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha statue

Bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha statue

175 euro
Old bronze Nepali Ganesha statue

Old bronze Nepali Ganesha statue

350 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
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
Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

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
Special antique bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Special antique bronze Nepali Buddha statue

3,250 euro
Special large old bronze Nepali Tara statue

Special large old bronze Nepali Tara statue

4,250 euro
High quality bronze Nepali Buddha statue

High quality bronze Nepali Buddha statue

950 euro
High quality bronze Nepali Buddha statue

High quality bronze Nepali Buddha statue

950 euro
High quality bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha

High quality bronze Nepali Medicine Buddha

950 euro
Old bronze Nepali Samantabhadra statue

Old bronze Nepali Samantabhadra statue

950 euro
Special bronze Nepali Vasundhara statue

Special bronze Nepali Vasundhara statue

4,250 euro
Old bronze Nepali Maitreya Buddha

Old bronze Nepali Maitreya Buddha

1,600 euro
Old bronze Nepali Indra statue

Old bronze Nepali Indra statue

850 euro
Old bronze Nepali Garuda statue

Old bronze Nepali Garuda statue

400 euro
Very special antique Nepali Buddha statue

Very special antique Nepali Buddha statue

13,500 euro
Special old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

Special old bronze Nepali Buddha statue

3,750 euro
Old bronze Nepali White Tara statue

Old bronze Nepali White Tara statue

1,500 euro
Old bronze Nepali crowned Buddha

Old bronze Nepali crowned Buddha

3,850 euro
Old bronze Nepali crowned Buddha statue

Old bronze Nepali crowned Buddha statue

3,850 euro
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