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Earth Witness Buddha

Earth Witness Buddha

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Earth Witness Buddha

At the moment of his spiritual awakening, Buddha reaches down to touch the earth, invoking the Earth Devi to witness his enlightenment. The bhumisparsa or "earth witness" mudra of Gautama Buddha is one of the most common iconic images of Buddhism. It depicts the Buddha sitting in meditation with his left hand, palm upright, in his lap, and his right hand touching the earth. It represents the Buddha asking Prthivi, the devi of the earth, that she witness his enlightenment. Bhumisparsha Mudra: Earth Touching, Calling the Earth to Witness, or The Victory Over (Subduing) Mara Sukhothai Earth Touching Mudra Literally Bhumisparsha translates into 'touching the earth'. It is more commonly known as the 'earth witness' mudra. 

This mudra, formed with all five fingers of the right hand extended to touch the ground, symbolizes the Buddha's enlightenment under the bodhi tree, when he summoned the earth goddess, Sthavara, to bear witness to his attainment of enlightenment. The right hand, placed upon the right knee in earth-pressing mudra, and complemented by the left hand-which is held flat in the lap in the dhyana mudra of meditation, symbolizes the union of method and wisdom, samasara and nirvana, and also the realizations of the conventional and ultimate truths. 

It is in this posture that Shakyamuni overcame the obstructions of Mara while meditating on Truth. The second Dhyani Buddha Akshobhya is depicted in this mudra. He is believed to transform the delusion of anger into mirror-like wisdom. It is this metamorphosis that the Bhumisparsha mudra helps in bringing about.

10" golden saffron color resin statue #BD

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