Earth Witness Shakyamuni Buddha
The Buddha extends his hand toward the earth symbolizing the moment he asked the Earth to bear witness to his enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. For us this gesture reminds of our own physical grounded connection to the earth.
Buddha statues represent the "enlightened one". Buddhists have used such images for thousands of years to show how the Truth can be found within oneself through the practice of meditation and spiritual training. The primary role of a Buddha statue is to convey the calm feelings that reflect proper mental discipline and one’s ability to have control over negative emotions (fear and greed). Buddha symbolizes the perfect balance of mind and body or (thought and tranquility). Buddha in ones home is a reminder of the spiritual potential inherent within all of us to awaken to the Truth in ourselves and become an enlightened one.