A new Buddha statue was recently placed on the lawn in front of the Lerab Ling Temple.
The statue was made in Orissa, in eastern India. It was hand-sculpted by an artist who follows a tradition dating from 11th century, and is a copy of the original Saranath standing Buddha, which is in the museum of Saranath in northern India. Sarnath is where the Buddha taught for the first time after his enlightenment, referred to as the first turning of the wheel of Dharma.
The Buddha stands with the right hand held up at shoulder height, palm facing out, in what is known as the abhaya mudra, which symbolizes protection, peace, and the dispelling of fear.
(Photos courtesy of Barry Beckett & Heinz Nowotny)
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