Thai Buddha Images : Gestures and Postures of the Buddha. Buddha images of different historic periods in Thailand.

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Characteristics and Postures of the Buddha
Sitting Buddhas
Reclining Buddhas
Seven Days of the Buddha

Hand Gestures :
The Six Main Mudras
Dhyana Mudra
Bhumisparsha Mudra
Abhaya Mudra
Vitarka Mudra
Varada Mudra

Historical Periods :
Chiang Saen - Lanna
U Thong

Historical Notes :



Temples in Thailand :
Wat Pho
Wat Benchamabophit  

Buddha Images at :
Pathom Chedi
Wat Benchamabophit   
Introduction to Buddhism in Thailand

The 10 Jatakas (lives of the Buddha) as depicted in Thai mural Temple paintings


Phra Pathom Chedi : Buddha Images (4)


Buddha Uniting the Four Alm Bowls
Uniting the four alms bowls (1)
Guardians of the four directions came to offer alms to the Buddha. Not to show favouritism the Buddha unites the four bowls into one.


Buddha Uniting the Four Alm Bowls
Uniting the four alms bowls (2)


Buddha Touching His Hair
Touching the Hair
The Buddha raises his right arm to clasp eight strands of hair, to give as relics to two merchant brothers, Tapussa and Bhalika, who offered him rice (the Buddha had not eaten for 49 days after his enlightenment). The two merchants were the first lay disciples.


Buddha Reflecting
In Reflection (Deeply Thinking)
Hands are crossed across the chest, right hand in front of the left.
The Buddha (at the Banyan tree), wonders how he can explain the cause of all suffering to others.


Buddha preaching the First Sermon in the Deer Park
Preaching the First Sermon
The Buddha went to the Deer Park at Isipatana near Benares and preached his first sermon to a group of Five Disciples.
[This gesture is one of the often presented ones]


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