Guru Rinpoché(H. 14 cm-Statues en résine)

Red resin Guru Rinpoche statue (H. 14 cm) Art of Nepal

Resin statues have two great qualities: a moderate price along with the respect of Buddhists statutory canon. It represents an excellent alternative t...

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Resin statues have two great qualities: a moderate price along with the respect of Buddhists statutory canon.
It represents an excellent alternative to more expensive metal statues while still a beautiful practice support.

This represents Guru Rimpoche, the founder of Buddhism in Tibet, "born of the lotus".
He is also known as Padmasambhava.
The symbolism of his body as represented in this statue is explained as follows:

  • one face: the absolute truth is one;
  • his eyes wide open: he always remains in absolute nature;
  • two legs: equality of samsara and nirvana;
  • sitting in the posture of "royal ease": the whole manifestation obeys him.
     

Its hat has the following meaning:

  • its general form is that of a five-petalled lotus, meaning that Padmasambhava belongs to the lotus family;
  • the three vulture feathers planted at the top symbolize the dzokchèn, the peak of education and achievement in the Nyingmapa tradition;
  • on the front there is also a sun and a moon, symbols of the two bodhichittas, ultimate and relative.

He wears three types of clothes:

  • the monastic clothes represent the small vehicle,
  • his blue garment the big vehicle,
  • his brocade cape the diamond vehicle.

In the right hand, he holds a vajra (symbol of the transformation of poisons into wisdoms) at the same time that he makes the mudra of the threat, showing that he subdues the negative forces.
With the left hand, in the mudra of meditation, Padmasambhava carries a cranial cup containing a long-life vase filled with the nectar of immortality, testifying its achievement of the state beyond death.
The khatvanga, a type of trident that he holds on the left side, symbolizes his consort, Mandarava.
 

Data sheet

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Data sheet
Height
14
H. 14 cm
Weight
390
Matter
Resin
Colour
Red
Illustration
Guru Rinpoche
Origin
Katmandou region, Nepal

Crafting a statue

Making a statue is the work of various specialist craftsmen in: wax casting, metal casting, engraving and eventually 24k gold gilding and / or stone setting.

Each of these steps must be performed with excellence to produce statues of the highest quality. The lost wax method is the oldest and most refined method used by sculptors in Nepal. All statues of the-dharma-store.com are made using this technique.


When the lost wax method was first introduced in Nepal, the castings were made only in brass but with time and technology, the casting has been realized in various metals such as silver, gold, etc. .
When the statue is poured, an engraver craftsman precisely carves the statue to set off the symbolic ornaments of the statue.
Then comes the artisan gilder who will use different techniques to completely or partially gild the statue. Finally, it is usually a thangka master that will come to bring the final but essential touch of the painting of the face and ornaments.

The Shakya clan is accredited for the introduction of this method in Nepal and for generations, they use this method to create their sculptures with some other families from Nepal.

As it is a visualization practise medium, we double checked the accuracy of the statue. Each piece is a magnificent work of craftsman who is here realized! This is a quality piece brought to you by the-dharma-store.com.

If you want to know more about the statues, go to the section 'Dharmatèque'.

Advises for your statues

1. Tips

The statues of the Buddha are so popular today that they are present everywhere on the globe: in restaurants, offices, gardens, calendars, etc. However, one must never forget the main message conveyed by these representations: the Buddha's teaching on compassion, love, generosity and understanding.

It is therefore necessary to pay respect vis-à-vis the representations of the Buddha as with any religious representation. We remind you here some ethical rules:

  • The Buddha image is not meant to be used anyhow and on any object: T-shirts, pants, plates, slippers, etc.
  • Statues of Buddha and other deities are objects of practice an devotion that have the power to protect against the lower rebirth and to show the path of liberation. They should therefore be treated with respect, that is, kept away from the ground and places where people sit or walk.
  • Statues should be covered or protected for transport, including covering the head with a clean fabric. Never manipulate a deity statue by the head but by the pedestal.
  • The statues should be placed in a high, clean place and separated from more "worldly" materials. Other objects should not be placed above Dharma statues.
  • Buddha statues are not decorative objects. Acquiring a statue, underlies that one wishes to use it for its own practice and to devote it an altar or a privileged place for one's practice. It is not desirable to use a statue as a book press or for any other purpose.
  • If you have to sit in a temple or face a statue, always put your feet back. They should never point to a Buddha representation / statue or teacher. Because feet are considered in some parts of Asia as an impure part of the human body, pointing one's feet can be considered a lack of respect in some cultures.
  • If you do not want to keep your Buddhist statue, do not throw it away! Please contact the nearest Buddhist centre and make it a donation. In doing so, the statue will keep bringing you merit until the end of your relationship.
  • Finally, if in a Buddhist region of the world you come across statues of great size, respect them! These are not promontories for selfies,  keep a sufficient distance and obviously, do not climb them!


These are a few non-exhaustive rules of Buddhist ethics that you are free to respect or not.

 2. Filling and blessing

It is important to bless and consecrate a statue to give it a "soul" and allow the energy of the deity to take place in the statue.

The statue, once consecrated, becomes a living entity and allows to bestow its blessings to the one who possesses it. It becomes sacred and must always be respected as an incarnate deity. The consecration of a statue is most often done in a Buddhist monastery by a Lama(*).

The consecration is a Buddhist blessing ritual in which the statue is first purified. Then the object is filled with Himalayan sacred herbs, medicinal plants, incense, mantra, mandala, precious stones, relics, amulets and other small sacred objects ... Then a ceremony of blessing / puja is organized towards the deity so that the Buddha invests all his power and his benefits in the statue.

In monasteries, the consecration usually ends with the ceremony of the Buddha's eyes opening. It is a matter of opening the eyes and thus giving a soul to the statue by painting his eyes, sometimes accompanied by the hair. Nowadays, too few monasteries host master painters and therefore most statues produced today have their eyes already painted.

(*) The-Dharma-Store.com will NEVER SELL ANY consecrated ritual object.

The-Dharma-Store.com does not consecrate statues and our advice is to contact a Lama in your community to dedicate your statue according to the rituals of your school.

3. You have no solution to consecrate your statue

However, if the consecration of your statue is not possible in your surroundings, we are open to have it done for you. After you have ordered the statue, contact us to let us know of your situation. We are  connected with several Buddhist centres and if it is your wish, we can request the consecration of your statue before sending it to you. In this case, you have the choice to buy the kit from the-dharma-store.com or to send us your consecration kit. Before  making the request for consecration to the Lama, we propose you make a "suggested" donation which will be entirely transferred to the Dharma centre concerned. An email to you with the Dharma centre in CC will be transmitted to your for transparence. The consecration of the statue depends on the presence and availability of the Lama, it is possible that it takes 2 to 4 weeks. We will of course keep you informed during the whole consecration process.

Resin statues that are not hollow can not be filled but can be blessed.

Warning

All our objects are handmade. Each piece is unique and it is impossible to reproduce exactly the same. Slight differences may therefore appear in the shapes, proportions, colors and / or materials used in our descriptions and specification sheets.

The silver (metal) used in Nepal is always composed of an amalgam and is most often plated on metal parts. Most of the stores that sell 925 sterling silver products from Nepal are fraudulent!

Likewise, some stones considered semi-precious from Nepal or India are actually stones reconstituted from powder of semi-precious stones, such as turquoise or coral. Nevertheless, they seem to retain the properties of the original stones. In the case where reconstituted stones are used, we always specify it in the specifcation sheeet.

In case you doubt the quality of a product, do not hesitate to contact us by clicking here (please specify the product reference), we will inform you in a completely transparent way.


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