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I am frequently coming across a peculiar posture of the Buddha, who is resting by placing His head on the knee such as below:
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 ?
Buddhists Texts in Brahmi Script : http://www.virtualvinodh.com/brahmi-lipitva
yo dharmaṁ paśyati, sa buddhaṁ paśyati
One who sees the Dharma, sees the Buddha
na pudgalo na ca skandhā buddho jñānamanāsravam
sadāśāntiṁ vibhāvitvā gacchāmi śaraṇaṁ hyaham
Neither a person nor the aggregates, the Buddha, is knowledge free from [evil] outflows
Clearly perceiving [him] to be eternally serene, I go for refuge [in him]
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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.
"There is, headman, dhammasamādhi. If you were to obtain cittasamādhi in that, you might abandon this state of perplexity. And what, headman, is dhammasamādhi?- SN 42.13 - Pāṭaliya
[kammapatha & brahmavihara, & a method of arousing gladness]"
"Others will misapprehend according to their individual views, hold on to them tenaciously and not easily discard them; we shall not misapprehend according to individual views nor hold on to them tenaciously, but shall discard them with ease — thus effacement can be done."- MN 8 - Sallekha Sutta
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I've also seen this labeled, Buddha At Ease.
Kind of a variation of the Kwan Yin Royal Ease
Now having obtained a precious human body,
I do not have the luxury of remaining on a distracted path.
~ Tibetan Book of the Dead
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