11/26.- Hangzhou, Lingyin Temple


This is one of the statues of Buddha in the second pavilion. If you look closely you will see a glass ball on his forehead, this is a symbol of supreme wisdom. The lotus flower that the Buddha is sitting on symbolizes purity, since the lotus floats over the dirty waters of the lakes. The long earlobes symbolize longevity, and the hand gesture signifies wisdom and strength.

Behind Buddha's head you see a nimbus that symbolizes brightness. On this nimbus are the seven ancient Buddhas that represent the seven human emotions: desire, fear, melancholy, anger, hate, joy and love; and the seven gems: the conch shell, coral, glaze, glass, agate, silver and gold.

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