walking Buddha statues
The Walking Buddha is a common representation of the Buddha in Southeast Asian Buddhist art. It depicts the Buddha in the walking posture, with the right hand raised in the gesture of fearlessness (abhaya mudra) and the left hand extended downwards with the palm facing outwards (varada mudra). This posture symbolizes the Buddha’s compassion and his readiness to help all beings who seek his guidance. Many temples and shrines in Southeast Asia have Walking Buddha statues, which are often placed in prominent positions to serve as objects of devotion and inspiration for practitioners. These statues may be made of a variety of materials, including bronze, stone, and wood, and may range in size from small figurines to towering sculptures.
The Walking Buddha statues are typically associated with the teachings of the Theravada school of Buddhism, which emphasizes the Buddha’s role as a teacher and guide. It is believed that the Walking Buddha statues represent the Buddha’s constant presence and his willingness to help all beings who seek his guidance, even as he walks through the world.