Different Buddha Leg Postures

Single Lotus Leg Position

In general, the Buddha is depicted as sitting with the legs crossed. This leg position makes a “triangle” shape to the image; the knees making the two bottom points of the triangle shape, while the tip of the head makes the top point of the triangle. The significance is that a triangle shape is more “grounded” or has a more solid foundation.

           Single Lotus Leg Buddha

Double Lotus Leg Position

Also called full lotus or padmasana seated position. Namely with both knees pointing downward and the ankles tucked on top of one another in the Double Lotus Position.

           Double Lotus Leg Buddha

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Other Buddha Leg Position

There are a few postures that are not seated with crossed legs, namely the Maitreya Buddha, where the “Buddha of the Future” sits in a chair Western style. Also, there is a story of how a monkey and an elephant visited to make offerings to the Buddha, and in those images he is depicted sitting in a chair as well. There are standing Buddhas, and in Thailand, one of the most beloved forms is of the Walking Buddha statue, which is exclusive to the Sukhothai period of Thai art.

             Sukhothai Standing Buddha


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