Nestled between the heels of the skyward-turned soles is the almsbowl of the former mendicant. His legs are gathered in a perfectly symmetrical padmasana, clothed in a robe the upper end of which is draped over one shoulder. A stately-fingered, gorgeously shaped hand raised in blessing. Upon that erect spine is balanced a head with a familiar silhouette - lengthened earlobes, the stupa-like bun on top. Poised upon a wide-mouthed lotus pedestal, the qualities of the solitary-growing flower reflected in that handsome face.
The Bodhi tree spreads its golden branches behind the seated Buddha. Its luxuriant leaves - each leaf protruding from each branch, carved with the finest precision and symmetry - are home to the Indian tropical parakeet. They are perched upon the tree, seemingly drawn in by the profound samadhi of the Buddha.
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