This statue of Buddha was used during the Buddha Day festivals in Croydon in the early 1990s by the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order. These festivals are held at the full moon in April or May. This figure represents the Buddha Akshobhya, possesor of the ""mirror-like"" wisdom. This means he sees all things as they really are, without the distortions usually imposed by the unenlightened human mind and is the reason for the mirror beneath the figure. Akshobhya is one of a group of five mythical Buddhas who together form a mandala or ""magic square"", representing the union of the five types of wisdom in the enlightened mind. The Croydon Buddhist Centre is in the High Street.
Cast resin statue on a wooden base with a mirror fixed to it, flanked by plastic elephants
whole: 308 mm x 278 x 123 mm
Life & Love | Religion & Morality
Museum of Croydon | Area 6 | Kiosk 2
Croydon Museum and Heritage Service