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June 5, 2013

Buddha Image for People born in June

Buddha Posture: Subduing Mara (Overcoming Temptation)
(Thai: ปางมารวิชัย, pronounced "Pang Man Wichai")

Buddha is sitting cross-legged, the left hand placing on the lap, palm upward, and the right hand reaching toward the ground, palm inward.

The pricipal Buddha images in temples are often in "Subduring Mara" posture, like Phra Buddha Chinnarat in Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat.

Related Story: Mara, Lord of Death, Challenged the Buddha

As the about-to-be Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, sat in meditation, Mara brought his most beautiful daughters to seduce Siddhartha. Siddhartha,however, remained in meditation. Then Mara sent vast armies of monsters to attack him. Yet Siddhartha sat still and untouched.

Mara claimed that the seat of enlightenment rightfully belonged to him and not to the mortal Siddhartha. Mara's monstrous soldiers cried out together, "I am his witness!" Mara challenged Siddhartha, who will speak for you?

Then Siddhartha reached out his right hand to touch the earth, and the earth itself spoke: "I bear you witness!" Mara disappeared. And as the morning star rose in the sky, Siddhartha Gautama realized enlightenment and became a Buddha.

Read More: Bhumisparsha Mudra

Bhumisparsha means 'touching the earth'. It is more commonly known as the 'earth witness' mudra. This mudra, formed with all five fingers of the right hand extended to touch the ground, symbolizes the Buddha's enlightenment under the bodhi tree, when he summoned the earth goddess, Sthavara, to bear witness to his attainment of enlightenment.

The right hand, placed upon the right knee in earth-pressing mudra, and complemented by the left hand-which is held flat in the lap in the dhyana mudra of meditation, symbolizes the union of method and wisdom, samasara and nirvana, and also the realizations of the conventional and ultimate truths. It is in this posture that Shakyamuni overcame the obstructions of Mara while meditating on Truth.

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