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Which Buddha is this?

Postby kendali » Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:00 am

Amitabha?

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Re: Which Buddha is this?

Postby crazy-man » Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:50 am

it could be Amitabha or Shakyamuni Buddha. both of their characteristic mudras are typically the same meditation (dhyana) position, with both hands joined together, holding alms bowls. the only different can be the colour of the body. Amitābha (Amida) Buddha is classically depicted in Tibetan art as having a red [celestial] body, whereas (Shakyamuni) Gautama Buddha is depicted as having a golden body.

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Re: Which Buddha is this?

Postby shaunc » Wed Jan 11, 2017 10:46 am

Quite often Amitabha also has a nazi cross on his chest.
I apologize for the description but the correct term escapes me at the moment.

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Re: Which Buddha is this?

Postby Tao » Wed Jan 11, 2017 12:31 pm

Svastika स्वस्तिक

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Re: Which Buddha is this?

Postby kendali » Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:38 pm

I didn't even think about the svastika. Also, my picture wasn't rotated when I previewed/uploaded it via mobile. Weird.

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Re: Which Buddha is this?

Postby Admin_PC » Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:43 pm

FWIW - neither of my Amitabha statues have the svastika and one of them is very similar to the picture, in the exact same posture.
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Re: Which Buddha is this?

Postby kendali » Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:14 pm

I guess the question would be is that an alms bowl or Amida's bowl full of amrita?

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Re: Which Buddha is this?

Postby jmlee369 » Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:05 am

The svastika on Buddhas is a feature of East Asian, especially Chinese Buddhist art. This particular statue is made following Tibetan Buddhist iconography, so it is definitely Amitabha Buddha. Amitabha in this form holds a almsbowl filled with nectar (in his sambhogakaya form known as Amitayus, he holds a long life vase filled with nectar). In Tibetan Buddhist iconography, Shakyamuni Buddha usually has his right hand in the earth touching mudra.

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Re: Which Buddha is this?

Postby kendali » Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:46 pm

Thank you! :twothumbsup:

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Re: Which Buddha is this?

Postby Queequeg » Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:44 pm

Could be Bhaisajyaguru, holding a jar of medicine.

Edit - that is not a jar. Scratch that.

Is that a flower blossom?
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Re: Which Buddha is this?

Postby Admin_PC » Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:48 pm

Bhaisajyaguru almost always has a stem of the Myrobalan, with Aruna fruit in his right hand:
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Bhaisajyaguru left, Shakyamuni middle, Amitabha right:
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Re: Which Buddha is this?

Postby Tsongkhapafan » Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:03 am

Definitely Amitabha.

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Re: Which Buddha is this?

Postby kendali » Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:42 pm

Perfect illustrations. I'm personally convinced it's Amitabha. I didn't know that when I bought him years ago. And now I know how to identify Medicine Buddha!


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