Buddhism is widely spread across and practiced in Thailand. It has a deeper symbolism to everything that is followed by the Thais. There are many different kinds of Buddha and each of them has a symbolism of its own.
Here are some of the enchanting symbolism of Buddha Postures in Thailand and what they mean. Each of the Buddha’s pose has a significance related to an important event in the life of the Buddha. Protection Buddha. This is a depiction of a Buddha who is calmly seated with the right hand raised and facing outwards. The raised right hand symbolises protection. The second meaning would come by as an attempt to overcome fears and face the realities with courage and conviction.
The Serene Buddha
Buddha thy name is meditation. The ever so calm and composed self of Buddha signifies peace and liberation within. You can find this kind of Buddha in most of the homes to invoke peace and stillness in their lives. The Buddha in this pose symbolises concentration and stability. This pose is also known as the Amithabha Buddha, which means “Boundless Light.”
The Reclining/Sleeping Buddha
This statue depicts the Buddha in his final journey of life. It symbolises the liberation of oneself from the vicious cycle of life and death.
With the index and the thumb finger sealed this Buddha symbolises ultimate wisdom, knowledge and understanding the self in the journey of life. The teaching Buddha signifies the true enlightenment of the self without attachments to the material world. If you know what to look for, you can tell the meaning of a Buddha Statue by looking at the pose / posture, and the accompanying hand gestures. Each traditional pose has a significance related to an important event in the life – or past lives – of the Historical Buddha.
Also referred to as an asana or an Attitude, there are over 100 poses illustrating the life of the Buddha. Each posture will have a specific hand gesture, called a Mudra, associated with the posture.