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Sakon Nakhon Buddhas with Umbrella & Walking Stick

One of the most common Buddha statues you will find at Sakon Nakhon temples is that of the Buddha with an umbrella and walking stick. The umbrella (or parasol) is related to the Ashtamangala, which is a sacred suite of Eight Auspicious Signs in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. The parasol represents the protection from harmful forces, malevolent energies, and illness.

The “Precious Parasol” of the Ashtamangal is a bejeweled wide-open umbrella, but the closed parasol that Sakon Nakhon statues show the Buddha carrying has the same meaning. The umbrella signifies the wisdom of the dharma which everyone can take shelter under if they open it and become enlightened.

The walking stick represents the life of the wandering monk, especially the forest monk, a tradition particularly important to Sakon Nakhon monks and temples.  Additional elements that are sometimes included (like the teapot, alms bowl, and cloth bag) also point to the life of the monk. The walking stick also signifies the pilgrimage one must take to understand the wisdom of the Dharma; that is, the teachings of the Buddha and the truth about the nature of reality.

Below you will find a collection of Sakon Nakhon Buddhas with an umbrella and walking stick, which can be seen at various temples throughout the province. No two are alike. This collection will continually be updated as new sculptures are discovered. Be sure to also check out our collection of Fat Buddha statues in Sakon Nakhon.

David Alan