What Is Your Buddha?

What Is Your Buddha?

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In Buddhism, there are postures, which indicate the position of the body, and gestures, (sometimes referred to as mudras) which indicate the position of the hands. Not only do they represent the most important events in the life of the Buddha, but they evoke a particular spiritual attitude or trait. These poses have been codified over the centuries and a different one assigned to each of the seven days of the week, plus one extra for Wednesday and Thursday. The question of the title "What Is Your Buddha?" refers to the day one was born on. The Buddha of that day is one's Buddha. Each chapter of the book covers one day's pose containing: a description of the pose itself; the historical legend revealing the background and significance of the pose; the essence or what the pose dissolves; and the proper placement of the image in the environment. In addition, each chapter contains a series of chants and meditations specific to that days Buddha.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 198 pages
  • 137.16 x 210.82 x 22.86mm | 340.19g
  • Regent Press
  • Berkeley, CA, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
  • 1587901595
  • 9781587901591
  • 2,429,664

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Growing up, in Thailand, surrounded by Buddha images, P. W. Servais (aka Oi Servais) has always been aware of the benefit of the daily sight of golden Buddha. She saw them in many shapes and forms, everywhere, several times each day during her formative years, together with hearing the background melody of her father's daily chanting. Since then her life has unfolded into a journey of adventures and rediscovery. Following her husband to California, she faced the life of a typical suburban housewife. It was here that she realized how the blessing of her childhood tradition has protected and guided her through the disconnected life style in which she raised her family. Her journey from one cultural shock to another continued until she unearthed and reconnected with her long forgotten Buddha. Now she has brought the background Buddha of her childhood and the chanting of her father into the spotlight in order to experience the tremendous benefit of its blessing, which encompasses the far reaching horizon. She also now feels the necessity of sharing this ever luminescent golden light with others.show more