Buddha's hat

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davidbrainerd
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Buddha's hat

Post by davidbrainerd » Wed Aug 10, 2016 8:27 pm

I don't know if this is the right place to ask or not, but What does Buddha's hat represent in Buddha statues? I'm assuming its a hat and not hair. I've noticed in some statues its more rounded almost like an acorn and in others it sticks up pretty high and pointy like a pine cone (one obvious reason I think its a hat not hair). The other being references to shaving the head in the suttas.

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Re: Buddha's hat

Post by Losal Samten » Wed Aug 10, 2016 8:31 pm

Lacking mindfulness, we commit every wrong. - Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche
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Nicholas Weeks
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Re: Buddha's hat

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Wed Aug 10, 2016 9:04 pm

To the physical eye the ushnisha does look like a flesh lump, but others can see above it a flame. Many Theravadin, Thais, for example show the flame clearly in images.

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