Buddha StylesThe Buddha Styles
What makes pictures of Buddha look different?
Do you ever wonder why Buddha sculptures sometimes look thin and serious and sometimes he is quite round and cheerful? Remember the sculptures in your own Thai restaurants and then in your own Thai restaurants, they reflect the two major styles of Buddhism. The Mahayana Buddhism that prevails in China, Japan, Korea, Tibet and Mongolia teach that every person can attain epiphany and that there are several of them.
That is why Mahayana has several kinds of Buddha sculptures, from the cheerful round one, which can often be grated on the stomach, to heavy armored fighters (the great Deva Wei-to, the protector of Buddhist temple and faith). The Theravada Buddhism is the other major type mainly practised in South East Asia, Theravada shows the thin Buddha.
The Buddha is a name in contrast to a name and means the "enlightened" or "awakened". Ancient Buddha was borne in North India (an area now located in Nepal) and was a great wealthy princely man intended to be the sovereign of a very mighty empire. A young duke by the name of Siddhartha Gautama embarked on the road of illumination and was studying with several of the school's faculty.
Siddhartha, who sat under the body-harvestree, became illuminated and was given the status of Buddha. Mahayana Buddhism's most beloved Buddha symbol is the greater "Laughing Buddha" Ta-pao Mi-Lei-Fwo. Probably the role-playing Buddha was a happy, obese Zeng friar or practitioner who walked through the landscape around 950 A.D. and helped man.
It is the abdomen that is the spirit centre and the fount of strength in Asia, so grating on the abdomen of the laughing Buddha will bring happiness. The contact of the mind, the highest point of the human being, is a serious and should be averted. At the other end are the legs, you should never contact another person's legs, as they are regarded as an unclean part of the human organism, and at no time should you show the bottom of your legs to a picture of a Buddha.
Public icons associated with Buddha enclose lengthened earlobes that represent the Buddha's capability to listen to his alumni and also represent Siddhartha going away from his immeasurable worldwidely possession (his large golden earrings extended his now empty cloths). Shaven heads are also customary and represent the separation of self and conceit, a diversion on the way of illumination practised by today's Buddha school.
A lot of sculptures show Buddha with a slug hat. According to tradition, a scroll hit the Buddha in meditation and an anxious sting of the rays would disrupt his thoughts, so that the scroll and over 100 others used themselves to screen the shaven Buddha's mind, and died while draining from the star.
Buddha's mind is usually presented in length to suggest a sense of truth. Thin long finger represents Buddha's capacity to catch humans like fish, think of Jesus' symbolism of fishery. The stylised glow emanating from the sculpture like a gloriole, except that it surrounds the whole human being, is also often seen in Buddha's sculptures and works of art.
Many people associate lotuses with Buddha, the tale tells that in his first moves into the four compass points lotuses emerged. Flourishing from the sludge and dirt, the lotus blossoms into a pretty floral image - a symbol of attaining illumination.