This stunning, fairly traded,handcarved Buddha has been carved in Bali using traditional methods of the island and each carver has taken years perfecting his or her skill to able to create work to this standard.
When depicting Buddha, the positioning of the hands (Mudra) is very important and different mudra represent different things. Here, Buddha is shown in the Vitarka mudra ('the murda of discussion') and this represents the discussion and transmission of Buddhist teachings. The sitting position (Asana) for this Buddha is the full lotus position with each foot resting on the thigh of the other leg with the soles facing upwards. This meditative asana is known as Dhyana Asana or Padmasana.