My Buddha Collection
I studied Religion and Theology at Manchester University. Although I am not a practicing Buddhist, I find Buddhism really fascinating, and a lot of the teachings of the Buddha make sense to me. I find the Buddha statue to be a calming representation of a great historical figure.
I also love to travel, and when I am in a Buddhist country, I like to buy a Buddha to remind me of that special time and place. This lens is all about my Buddha collection. Hopefully you will learn something interesting about the Buddha in different cultures such as the differences between the Thai Buddha and Chinese Buddha, for example.
Photography: Amy Trumpeter (All rights reserved)
My Buddha Collection - Just a few of my magnificent Buddha's from around the world...
The Thai Buddha is from the branch of Therevada Buddhism. 95% of Thai Buddhists are of the Therevada School. It is based directly on the teachings of the Buddha, Prince Siddhartha Gotama (6th Century BC), who taught the middle way.
For Buddhists, all life is suffering (Dukkha) and the only way to truly eradicate suffering is by following the eightfold path and reaching enlightenment (Nirvana). There is no God in Buddhism, it is a religion based on man.
Thai Buddha on Amazon
This Thai Buddha statue depicts the holiness of Prince Siddhartha Gotama. The long ear lobes and head dress show his royal stance.
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The Laughing Buddha or the Chinese Buddha
The Chinese Buddha, or the laughing Buddha is commonly characterized by his smiling face and fat belly. According to Chinese culture, rubbing the Buddha's belly will bring you good luck, so why not try it next time you see a laughing Buddha in a Chinese restaurant!
My happy wooden Chinese Buddha was a gift from one of my closest friends, I love it!