Buddha resting with His head on a knee

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Buddha resting with His head on a knee

Post by vinodh » Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:10 pm

Hi All,

I am frequently coming across a peculiar posture of the Buddha, who is resting by placing His head on the knee such as below:

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I want to know whether this depiction is traditional (I suppose Thai) or some fancy new age creation. If its traditional, what does the posture specifically signify ?

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Re: Buddha resting with His head on a knee

Post by daverupa » Thu Oct 25, 2012 10:46 pm

It seems to go by the moniker "resting buddha", and it seems quite recent.

Traditional poses were all new, once upon a time; depictions of the Buddha do not seem to have been made for a few centuries after the Buddha taught, and at first only by implication - footprints, for example, or an empty seat.
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Re: Buddha resting with His head on a knee

Post by Bonsai Doug » Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:06 am

I've also seen this labeled, Buddha At Ease.

Kind of a variation of the Kwan Yin Royal Ease:
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I do not have the luxury of remaining on a distracted path.

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