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 (5)


Buddha ordaining His First Disciple
Ordaining the first disciple. (variant)
Upatissa and Kolita were ordained, and received the highest rank.
[Preaching at Sarnath]


Buddha Eating from a Bowl
Eating from a bowl
After the ordination of the son ofa rich man, the Buddha eats rice quietly from the alms bowl.


Buddha expressing Forgiveness (Stopping the Ocean)
Forgiveness - Stopping the Ocean (Thailand)
The Buddha went to the camp of Kasyapa. He wanted to stay overnight and was given a hut on the bank of a flooding river. The Buddha stopped the water, and made it subside, thereby also converting Kasyapa and his followers.
This gesture also stands for forgiveness, and symbolizes the control over passions.


Buddha identifying exemplary Disciples
Identifying Exemplary Disciples
The Buddha predicts that Sariputta and Moggallana will be among this most exemplary and distinguished disciples.
[in a variant image the Buddha points his right hand upwards]


Buddha expanding the Great Truth
Expounding the Great Truth
Both hands express the Vitarka Mudra


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