Buddhas & Deities

Buddhas, Deities, Monks & More

This collection, mostly wood carvings, represents the Spirituality found in South East Asia.  You will find other images of Buddhas & Deities mixed into the pages devoted to Bronze and Antiques.

The basic doctrines of early Buddhism, which remain common to all Buddhism, include the four noble truths : existence is suffering, dukhka ; suffering has a cause, namely craving and attachment ,trishna; there is a cessation of suffering, which is Nirvana; and there is a path to the cessation of suffering, the eightfold path of right views, right resolve, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. Buddhism characteristically describes reality in terms of process and relation rather than entity or substance.

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared...Buddhist Saying

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Sang Hyang Dewi Sri

Dewi Sri is the Goddess of Rice on the Island of Bali & Java. She has the power of the Underworld & the Moon.  

She controls the foodstuffs of Earth & Death. She is the mother of Life because she symbolizes Rice, the main food of Indonesia. The traditional Javanese people in particular have a special place in their home dedicated to Dewi Sri, decorated with intricate carvings of snake, so that she will give prosperity for them. The Balinese provide special shrines in the Rice fields for her. The Sudanese have a special festival dedicated to her.

For the Sundanese, in West Java, the introduction of weaving is attributed to the rice goddess, Sang Hyang Dewi Sri . There are Javanese stories of types of lurik ,a plain-weave cloth, that enable a goddess to fly.

Diligence is the beginning of brilliance...Indonesian Saying