Manifesting Dharma: Śākyamuni Buddha in Parinirvāṇa


Manifesting Dharma: Buddhist Art 101

Each “Buddhist Art 101" spiritual card introduces each sculpture's inspirations and history. They also allow the public to get closer with each artwork and appreciate Buddhist Art. Visitors are welcome to print them out, reminding themselves to keep a peaceful mind and to take care of their families under all circumstances.

June - Transient Moments, Cherished Moments
In life, experiences can sometimes feel long and short. Spontaneity and eternity are both parts of duality and oneness. We can see eternity in cherishing one moment forever. That one encounter with friends, whether long or short, is a blessing and if treated carefully, we can find true satisfaction and happiness.

■Śākyamuni Buddha in Parinirvāṇa  China | Liao dynasty  #12@101
Parinirvāṇa refers to the vanishing of all defilements and transcending rebirth in the life and death realms. At 80 years old, the Buddha entered Parinirvāṇa under the Sal Trees in Kushinagar. In this sculpture, the Buddha’s head faces north, lying down on his right side and his feet are placed together. The Buddha’s teachings on compassion and respect towards our environment lives on. Long or short, each life has its limit. Growth, maintenance, decay and disappearance are four stages in a continuous cycle of sentient beings. We therefore understand its preciousness and reality, appreciating the unlimitedness in our limited lives. 

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