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Golden Buddhas ~ Thailand

3 golden Buddhas in a temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand.


This is a shot of the Buddha statues from one of the multiple temples found in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Buddha statues are often found in various positions such as sitting in a lotus flower, meditating, reclining… They can be found carved in different materials like stone, gold, metal, wood, silver…

I am curious to know why there are often 3 statues of Buddha in Thai temples, all 3 in different sizes (big, medium, small). I tried to research but did not find an answer. Any thoughts?


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  • Im

    Here is my take on the 3 statues.

    Number “3″ is one, if not the most, important number in (Thai?) Buddhism. It is a part of many crucial rules in Buddhism. For example, the Three Jewels of Buddhism (Buddha; Dharma (teaching);Sangha (monk)), Three marks of existence (impermanence (anicca); suffering or unsatisfactoriness (dukkha); non-self (anattā)), and a bunch of other teachings I don’t quite know/remember.

    The Three Jewels of Buddhism is the reason why Thai people bow down 3 times and light 3 sticks of incense in front of an image of the Buddha. So I’m guessing that having 3 statue, although not directly related to the Jewels, has something to do with the significance of the number 3. :)

    p.s. Thank you, WikiPedia for providing me with those terms in English. :D

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

      Im, you rock. You are my own living “Thai Culture” wikipedia :)
      Thank you and come back!

  • http://www.overyonderlust.com Erica

    Good thing 3 is my favorite number. <3

    I dearly love the tones in this.

  • http://www.sophiesworld.net Sophie

    I really like this photo. The dark golden colours, the shadows,… looks enigmatic and atmospheric. Can practically smell the incense.

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

      Thank you Sophie. I got really attracted by the lighting so I had to take the shot.

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