Saturday, December 08, 2012

Buddha at the moment of victory, bhumisparsha-mudra, Bodhi Day

2012.11.24-IMG_7003Today is the marking of Bodhi Day, the day on which the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautauma (Shakyamuni) experienced enlightenment.

I found this depiction of Buddah, "Buddha at the Moment of Enlightenment" (Thai, 15th century) at the Walters Art Museum, parked directly below a brightly lit EXIT sign to be particularly interesting as Buddha sits in the bhumisparsha-mudra posture (touching the earth to call witness to his enlightenment). So, one might say that he is ready to take his EXIT from this world.

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