Culture - Thai

WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 39877 [post_author] => 5243 [post_date] => 2015-12-05 06:30:23 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-12-04 19:30:23 [post_content] => Any traveller to Thailand would be awed by the numerous figures of religious and mythical beings that are erected around their cities and towns. However, among those many statues and idols, there is one figure that is seemingly everywhere, and it is that of Buddha. Buddhism is the prevalent religion in Thailand with an estimated 94 percent of the population professing to be Buddhist. More than just a religious belief, Buddhism has become an integral part of the Thai identity, so much so that the term "The Land of Yellow Robes" has been applied to Thailand. That being said, while there are plenty of statues of Buddha, there are different kinds of Buddha figurines depending on its posture, and each of them has a symbolism of their own. Here is the enchanting symbolism behind 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. In fact, the emerald Buddha in the Thai grand palace is one of the most sought-after attractions because it is carved from a single block of emerald.

Protection Buddha

Known as the Abhaya Mudra, this is a depiction of a Buddha who is calmly seated with one hand raised and facing outwards. The raised right hand symbolises protection, which can also represent reassurance and fearlessness in facing reality with courage and conviction. The Enchanting Symbolism of Buddha Postures in Thailand

Picture Courtesy: Pixabay

The Serene Buddha

Depicted in a seated posture with the right hand resting on the palm of the left hand that is rested on the lap with both thumbs forming the shape of a triangle, the Dhyana Mudra, is highlighting Buddha's meditation under the bodhi tree. This posture depicts the ever so calm and composed self of Buddha, signifying peace and liberation within. You can find this kind of Buddha in most of the homes to invoke peace and stillness in their lives.   Symbolism of Buddha Postures in Thailand meditation buddha

Image courtesy: Pixabay

Teaching Buddha

Right palm facing outward, index and the thumb finger touching together, this Buddha symbolises ultimate wisdom, knowledge and understanding the self in the journey of life. Known as the Dharmachakra Mudra, or the teaching Buddha, it is meant to be symbolic of the true enlightenment of the self without attachments to the material world. Symbolism of Buddha Postures in Thailand sitting buddha

Image courtesy: Pixabay

The Reclining/Sleeping Buddha

Perhaps best known as one of the largest statues in Thailand, the Reclining Buddha is actually depicting Buddha in his final journey of life. It symbolises the liberation of oneself from the vicious cycle of life and death. Symbolism of Buddha Postures in Thailand reclining buddha

Image courtesy: Pixabay

[post_title] => The Enchanting Symbolism Behind Buddha Postures [post_excerpt] => There are different kinds of Buddha and each of them have a symbolism of their own. Here are the enchanting symbolism of Buddha Postures in Thailand and what they mean. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => the-enchanting-symbolism-of-buddha-postures-in-thailand [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-11-29 18:21:36 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-11-29 07:21:36 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://asianinspirations.com.au/?post_type=asian-culture&p=39877 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => asian-culture [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

The Enchanting Symbolism Behind Buddha Postures

Any traveller to Thailand would be awed by the numerous figures of religious and mythical beings that are erected around their cities and towns. However, among those many statues and idols, there is one figure that is seemingly everywhere, and it is that of Buddha.

Buddhism is the prevalent religion in Thailand with an estimated 94 percent of the population professing to be Buddhist. More than just a religious belief, Buddhism has become an integral part of the Thai identity, so much so that the term “The Land of Yellow Robes” has been applied to Thailand.

That being said, while there are plenty of statues of Buddha, there are different kinds of Buddha figurines depending on its posture, and each of them has a symbolism of their own.

Here is the enchanting symbolism behind 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.

In fact, the emerald Buddha in the Thai grand palace is one of the most sought-after attractions because it is carved from a single block of emerald.

Protection Buddha

Known as the Abhaya Mudra, this is a depiction of a Buddha who is calmly seated with one hand raised and facing outwards. The raised right hand symbolises protection, which can also represent reassurance and fearlessness in facing reality with courage and conviction.

The Enchanting Symbolism of Buddha Postures in Thailand

Picture Courtesy: Pixabay

The Serene Buddha

Depicted in a seated posture with the right hand resting on the palm of the left hand that is rested on the lap with both thumbs forming the shape of a triangle, the Dhyana Mudra, is highlighting Buddha’s meditation under the bodhi tree. This posture depicts the ever so calm and composed self of Buddha, signifying peace and liberation within. You can find this kind of Buddha in most of the homes to invoke peace and stillness in their lives.  

Symbolism of Buddha Postures in Thailand meditation buddha

Image courtesy: Pixabay

Teaching Buddha

Right palm facing outward, index and the thumb finger touching together, this Buddha symbolises ultimate wisdom, knowledge and understanding the self in the journey of life. Known as the Dharmachakra Mudra, or the teaching Buddha, it is meant to be symbolic of the true enlightenment of the self without attachments to the material world.

Symbolism of Buddha Postures in Thailand sitting buddha

Image courtesy: Pixabay

The Reclining/Sleeping Buddha

Perhaps best known as one of the largest statues in Thailand, the Reclining Buddha is actually depicting Buddha in his final journey of life. It symbolises the liberation of oneself from the vicious cycle of life and death.

Symbolism of Buddha Postures in Thailand reclining buddha

Image courtesy: Pixabay

You May Also Like

Budae Jjigae

Budae Jjigae

Inspirational Stories

Inspirational Stories

CNY 2016 WINNERS

Kate Brodhurst

Rosalin Kristiani

Glenda Mc Donnell

Michael J Sabo

Melinda Savage

Lisa-Jane Fudge

Lillie Giang

Justine Withers

Julia Brodska

Josephine Chan

Sally-Ann Haw

Store Locator

Find your nearest Asian Store

Search


Our Newsletter

Sign up for an authentic Asian experience. From exotic cuisines to fascinating destinations to cooking competitions and monthly giveaways - Discover the Authentic