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ITEM NUMBER: B-303
ITEM NAME: Buddha, Turning the wheel of the Dharma
SIZE: 8"H (20cm)
ITEM TYPE: Statue
ITEM MATERIAL: Bronze
ITEM FINISH: 24K Gold plated bronze
RETAIL PRICE: $249.00
SHIPPING: $8.00
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Gautama Buddha was born in 563 b.c. in northeast India. The Buddha was the son of the King of the Sakyas. Suddhodana, who ruled at Kapilavastu, on the border of Nepal. His mother was Queen Maya. He was named Siddhartha. He lived amidst the pleasures of palace life and at age 16 he was married to Princess Yasodhara. They had a son named Rahula. After seeing a decrepid old man, an invalid, and an ascetic beggar, he learned of suffering and decided to embrace asceticism. Soon afterwards, at age 29, Siddhartha left the palace and his family and went to a hermitage where he became the monk Gautama, or, as he is still called, Sakyamuni (The ascetic of the Sakyas). One day, meditating under a sacred figtree, he attained perfect illumination (Bodhi). He had become a Buddha. From there on he traveled and preached for 44 years what was to become one of the main religions of the world. He died at Kusinagara at age 80. Here Buddha is represented in a teaching pose where the hands form the Dharmachakra mudra (tips of the thumbs and forefingers of each hand united), also known as the “turning of the wheel of the Dharma” since that’s the hand position that Buddha assumed right before preaching his first sermon, thus becoming the posture that initiated the Dharma or Buddhism.
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