Reclining Buddha in Northeast Thailand

saiyatThis Buddha image is in Wat Phuttha Nimit.This ancient reclining Buddha image was carved under a cliff, and is unusual in that it is leaning on its left hand rather than on its right hand. It was built in 1692Do an image search for reclining Buddha images and you will find photo after photo of imahes with the head resting on the right hand. On Phu Khao, is the Wat named Phuttha Nimit in which is the image of Buddha Saiyat, head resting on left hand.This Buddha image is in Wat Phuttha Nimit.This ancient reclining Buddha image was carved under a cliff, and is unusual in that it is leaning on its left hand rather than on its right hand. It was built in 1692. Is the tale I have read numerous places and is what I have experienced for years.In the Book “Forest Recollections” Tiyavanich mentions Ajahn Fan in about 1946…

he ran into Fan, who was leaving the wat of Weng Field Stupa with four other thudong monks on their journey to Daen Cliff Cave. Daen  Hill Cave is now Wat Tham Pa Daen and we drove up to have a look.
Sadly all sorts of flashy artwork and glitz is getting installed Thai style with little or no regard for the teaching of Ajahns Mun, Fan and the other Forest Tradition monks. That aside, but more on it later, as usual I shot photos and was qeotagging the location, not being particualarily mindful of what I was looking at, just trying not to vomit.I later realized the the two huge Buddha images being carved into the rock are both on their left side. I have been trying to find out why for only a week now and most people do not have a clue. A buddhist would recognize the difference rather quickly, but here in Thailand they are difficult to find. I will continue to try to get an answer to this question and will continue to locate the locations that are part of the history of the Forest Monks in Isaan, Northeast Thailand. I know what is unusual quite often becomes the usual in Thailand and that is not a cpmpilment

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  1. […] This Buddha image is in Wat Phuttha Nimit.This ancient reclining Buddha image was carved under a cliff, and is unusual in that it is leaning on its left hand rather than on its right hand. It was…Continue reading […]

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  3. […] This Buddha image is in Wat Phuttha Nimit.This ancient reclining Buddha image was carved under a cliff, and is unusual in that it is leaning on its left hand rather than on its right hand. It was…Continue reading […]

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