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Realizing Nirvana Buddha 佛涅盘像

Posted in 7 Days Buddha, Wat Suthat with tags , , , , , on May 18, 2015 by ahaina

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for the Days of the Week

佛涅盘像

Realizing Nirvana Buddha

B.E.2495

created by Chao Khun Si

Wat Suthat

Bangkok

For Tuesdays:

“Realizing Nirvana” (Paang Saiyasna)

The image Reclining on the right side, toes even, indicates his death.

Religious texts state that the Buddha entered parinibbana on this day of the week.

His final words to his disciples were,

“As a flame blown out by the wind goes to rest and cannot be defined so the wise man freed from individuality goes to rest and cannot be defined. Gone beyond all images gone beyond the power of words”.

 

Phra Putha Chinaraj Indoncine 越素塔 . 成功佛

Posted in Phra Jinaraj, Wat Suthat with tags , , , , , on March 8, 2015 by ahaina

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Phra Putha Chinaraj Indoncine

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 Wat Suthat

B.E.2485

Bangkok

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Phra Putha Chinaraj Indoncine

Posted in Phra Jinaraj, Wat Suthat with tags , , on July 6, 2014 by ahaina

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Phra Putha Chinaraj Indoncine

Wat Suthat

B.E.2485

Bangkok

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Wat Suthat

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PHRA KRING, WAT SUTHAT 越素塔 拍吟药师佛

Posted in phra kring, Wat Suthat with tags , , , on September 2, 2012 by ahaina

Wat Suthat

Phra Kring, Medicine Buddha

was consecrated in year B.E.,2546

Blessed in Super Grand Ceremony for 9 days and nights, non-stop mass chanted by Top monks, made from sacred Nawa-Loha metal and mixed old Phra Kring amulets.

PHRA KRING WAT SUTHAT, 越素塔 拍吟

Posted in phra kring, Wat Suthat with tags , , on June 15, 2012 by ahaina

PHRA KRING

WAT SUTHAT

BANGKOK

Queen’s  72-Year Official Birthday Anniversary

9-Temple Mass Blessing

History of Wat suthat

Wat Suthat was begun by King Rama I (1782-1809), founder of the Chakri dynasty, soon after his coronation. It was continued by Rama II (1809-24) and completed by Rama III (1824-51).

Rama I brought the temple’s main Buddha image to Bangkok by river from Sukothai. On its arrival, the king declared seven days of festivities and the bronze statue was paraded through the streets on the way to the wihan built specially for it at Wat Suthat. Rama himself walked barefoot in the procession and it is said he was so exhausted by the time he arrived that he staggered into the temple.

A huge red teak arch, carved under Rama II, is all that remains of an original giant swing, which was used to celebrate and thank Shiva for a bountiful rice harvest and to ask for the god’s blessing on the next.

The minister of rice, accompanied by hundreds of Brahman court astrologers, would lead a parade around the city walls to the temple precinct. Teams of men would ride the swing on arcs as high as 82 feet in the air, trying to grab a bag of silver coins with their teeth.

Due to injuries and deaths, the dangerous swing ceremony was discontinued in 1932, but the thanksgiving festival is still celebrated in mid-December after the rice harvest.
What to See

The large Wat Suthat complex covers an area of 4.08 ha (10 acres). It is rectangular in plan, surrounded by a wall 949 m (3114 ft) in length. The area consists of the temple area itself and the monastic living quarters.

The main wihan (hall) of Wat Suthat houses a beautiful 13th-century Phra Buddha Shakyamuni, a bronze Buddha image over 8m (25ft) tall. The ashes of King Rama VIII, brother of the current king, are contained in its base.

The splendid wall paintings cover an area of 2565 sq. m (27,450 sq. ft) and are perhaps the most extensive and important of their kind in Thailand. They underwent thorough and costly restoration in the late 1980s, after significant damage caused mainly by bat droppings.

The paintings were commissioned at least in part by Rama II but were probably completed towards the end of the reign of Rama III, around 1850. According to art historians, the murals are transitional in style: they differ from the work of classical Thai painters and show an obvious Western influence.

The wall paintings depict the Jataka Tales – 24 previous lives of the Buddha – and the columns are painted with scenes of the early history of Bangkok. The column closest to the door on the right depicts scenes of the early westerners who came to Siam.

The main hall is surrounded by a circumambulatory area of three levels, on the topmost of which are small chapels on each of the four corners.

The large and peaceful cloisters surrounding the wihan contain more than 150 Buddha images along the outer wall. The statues are in various states of repair, since each is “adopted” by a patron to make merit for a departed loved one, who may be interred in the base or the wall next to the Buddha.

Outside stand many Chinese pagodas, bronze horses, and figures of Chinese soldiers. The statues are said to have been shipped from China as ballast in rice boats during the reign of Rama I.

The Buddhist temple is closely associated with Hinduism as well, and especially the Hindu Brahman priests who officiate at important state ceremonies. There are two Hindu shrines nearby. To the northwest across the street is the Deva Sathan, which contains images of Shiva and Ganesh, and to the east, the smaller Saan Jao Phitsanu is dedicated to Vishnu.

Wat Suthat 1st batch Somdej Pendant, B.E.2484

Posted in Wat Suthat with tags , , , , , on September 3, 2009 by ahaina

Phra Somdej Wat Suthat, BE 2484.

Phra Somdej Wat Suthat, BE 2484.

Wat Suthat Somdej Pendant, 1st batch,  made by Luangpu Suphot, at B.E.2484. Thailand, Bangkok.

This is a really beautiful example of this pim, you will not find one any nicer. LuangPu Suphot, a senior monk of Wat Suthat, Bangkok, created a special series of Phra Somdej amulets in BE 2484 known as “Phra Somdej Baibhoti Indochine”.  This being a particularly beautiful example

LuangPu Suphot, officially called “Prakru Buddhamontvaracharn”, learnt many sacred sciences which enabled him to create particularly efficacious amulets.

One of the most secret sciences was learnt  old book of Pra Kru Lamoon, one of the temple’s most famous senior monks.

These amulets are actually comprised mostly of powders from Wat Rakhang as LuangPu Suphot was a close friend of LuangPu Nak and LuangPu Hin, both themselves experienced in making sacred amulets.

All of LuangPu Supot amulets were blessed at a historical ceremony chaired by Somdej Pra Sangkarach Pae, the former Supreme Patriarch.

This ceremony is believed to be the biggest in Thai history

The sacred ceremony was called “Indochinese ceremony” because it was held when the Indochinese War broke out and many of these amulets were given to soldiers, police and other officials who were heading to the front line.

LuangPu Supot participated in several other  important ceremonies, including the ceremony to create sacred amulets to celebrate the 25th century of Buddhism, the sacred ceremony to transfer sacred power into Wat Prasart B.E.2506 amulets, ceremony to transfer sacred power into Cholburi Province’s main Buddha Image in B.E.2509, etc.
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