Wat Sereychum's Sacred Buddha Statue from India


Some people may not know that Wat Sereychum procures a very sacred Buddha statue made in India, homeland of Lord Buddha, thousands of miles away from Australia.

Venerable Bhikkhu Rakkhitakusalo Kim Minh made his tireless effort to have this sacred statue enshrined in Wat Sereychum for the spiritual benefit of Buddhist community in Cranbourne North, VIC in particular and in Australia as whole.

The statue shows the Buddha sitting in Bhumisparsa mudra or "earth witness" which is one of the most common iconic images of Buddhism. Other names include "Buddha calling the earth to witness", and "earth-touching". It depicts the story from Buddhist legend of the moment when Buddha achieved complete enlightenment, with Buddha sitting in meditation with his left hand, palm upright, in his lap, and his right hand touching the earth. In the story the Buddha was challenged by the demon Mara, who asked him for a witness to attest his right to achieve it. In reply he touched the ground, asking Pá¹›thivi, the devi of the earth, that she witness his enlightenment, which she did.

In South-East and East Asia this mudra (also called the Maravijaya attitude) may show Buddha's fingers not reaching as far as the ground, as is usual in Indian depictions.

Please come to our temple and do Buddhapuja to get blessing as often as you may have time.

Namo Buddhaya

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