Shakyamuni Buddha, born Siddhartha Gautama, was the founder of the Buddhist tradition. At the age of 29, Siddhartha renounced the luxury of his royal heritage to take up the life of a religious wanderer. After gaining profound insight into the true nature of reality, he attained complete enlightenment at the age of 35. From that time onward he was referred to as the ‘Buddha,’ the ‘Awakened One’. In this image, the Buddha is depicted in the “earth-touching mudra,” which recalls the moment of his enlightenment, when he touched the earth to witness his profound realization.
Note: This thangka is a sample only. Thangkas of Shakyamuni Buddha are available in a wide variety of styles, sizes, and prices. $500 is a sample price. The prices range from $250 – $1200. The variety in style includes different color of brocades; the sizes range from 18×24 to 35×57 (outer brocade dimensions); and the painting itself will vary in color, trace of gold, amount of detail in the deity itself and in the background. No thangka is the same, but they are all painted on cotton canvas with water-soluble pigments.
A thangka is a Tibetan painting that is traditionally used as a support for one’s meditation practice. The imagery depicted in Tibetan paintings provides a guide for the elaborate visualizations that one does in Tibetan Buddhist practice. In Tibetan homes and monasteries, thangkas are considered sacred objects and are often placed above shrines.
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