The Reclining Buddha statues are representations of the Buddha in a reclining or lying-down position. These statues depict the Buddha at the moment of his passing into final Nirvana (Parinirvana), which symbolizes his complete liberation from the cycle of birth and death (samsara).
Reclining Buddha statues can vary in size and style, but they typically represent the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, in a relaxed, reclining posture, with his head resting on his right hand, and his left arm lying alongside his body. This posture signifies the Buddha’s peaceful and serene entry into Nirvana, where he achieved ultimate enlightenment and liberation from suffering.
Reclining Buddha statues are not only objects of artistic and cultural significance but also serve as spiritual symbols in Buddhist practice, reminding practitioners of the impermanence of life and the ultimate goal of spiritual liberation.