15 oct - Different doctrinal practices and meditative...

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Walking Buddha (14 th  century) bronze 7’ 2 ½” tall Sukhothai Different doctrinal practices and meditative disciplines within Buddhism are represented by various attributes specific to a type of practice or to a region in which a practice flourishes. The position of the Buddha’s hand is called “mudra.”  The topknot is called the urshnisha and originated as a cranial bump that signifies divine knowledge.  In some representations, a tuft of hair between the eyebrows, called urna, becomes a single brow.  Among some Buddhist practitioners, the small curls on  the Buddha’s head represent snails that had crawled atop his head to protect him from the sun while he meditated on a hot, clear  summer day.
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Buddha Calling the Earth    to Witness   (13 th -14 th  century) Sukothai bronze 37” high
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Emerald Buddha (15 th  century) jade or jasper 2’ 6” high Bangkok
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Shwe-dagon Pagoda (stupa) (14 th  century) gold, silver and  precious jewels approx. 344’ high Yangon
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The Dated Temple (1369) Candi Panataran East Java reconstructed 1917–18
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This note was uploaded on 04/26/2009 for the course ARTS 150 taught by Professor Caffey during the Spring '08 term at Texas A&M.

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