Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Dipankara Buddha in Nepal

Dipankara words come from 'deepa" which meaning is lamp.  He is the first celebrated among twenty-four Buddhas. His right hand generally forms a protection mudra (abhaya mudra), and often with both hands.
 In a past kalpa, King Arcishtra lived at Dipavati which is his capital city name .  Dipankara was a Bodhisattva in Tushita heaven during the same kalpa.  Dipankara Buddha is believed to have lived on this earth for over 100,000 years.
 Like all other Buddhas, Dipankara is typically depicted with short curly hair, ushnisha, urna and long earlobes.  Sometimes his right hand is in the abhaya mudra.  When in a triad he is typically flanked by two Bodhisattvas. Their hearts were filled with fear and they looked for Buddha to save them.  DÄ«pankara is generally represented as a sitting Buddha, and seated himself on a lion to teach the law.DÄ«pankara is rarely depicted alone; one of the  Bamiyan Buddha, destroyed by the Taliban government in Afghanistan in 2001.

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