The teacher of Buddhism in this world age and the principle image of
refuge and devotion for all Buddhists is depicted on a throne supported
by snowlions, the mystical animals of the Himalayas. He is sitting on
three objects: a lotus, sun and moon seat. The lotus represents
renouncement of worldly attachment, the sun symbolizes wisdom and the
moon bodhicitta, which increases like the moon from loving kindness to
the wish to reach enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.
The disks behind his head and body represent auras – light spheres.
In his left hand he cradles an alms bowl filled with long life nectar
and three fruits, antidotes to the three root delusions: ignorance,
desire and anger. His right hand is in the earth – touching gesture,
which stems from the moment when he called upon the earth to bear
witness to his enlightenment.