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Title
Buduruwagala Buddhist statues: Mahāyāna tradition
Creator
Bopearachchi, Osmund
Date Created and/or Issued
2005
Publication Information
Claremont Colleges Library
Contributing Institution
Claremont Colleges Library
Collection
Ancient Cultural Sites and Royal Residences
Rights Information
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Description
Three standing figures to the left of the central Buddha figure. Figures from the left to right represent Prince Sudhana ("Good wealth"): Avalokiteshvara figure, clad in a dhoti, his upper torso in animal hide, and hands in āhvāna mudrā (gesture calling for discourse), and Arya Tārā. See also the images of Avalokiteshvara and Tārā. Sudhana, according to the Avatamsaka Sutra of Mahāyāna Buddhism, is an Indian youth seeking Enlightenment. The figure is in tribanga pose, with bends at the traditional three points. Avalokitheshvara (named Natha during Kotte Period, and also Guanyin) is, in Mahāyāna Buddhism, the personification of perfect compassion; the female figure of Tārā is the goddess of compassion, also in tribanga pose.
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
acs00041.JPG
http://ccdl.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15831coll15/id/119
Subject
Statues
Time Period
Circa 9th century CE
Place
Buduruwagala
Monerāgala District, near Wellawāya
Sri Lanka
Relation
Ancient Buddhist Sites and Royal Residences in Sri Lanka - https://ccdl.claremont.edu/digital/collection/p15831coll15

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