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Buddha Statue

Buddha Statue: Buddha literally means "the one who knows" or "one who is awake." The historical Buddha is not a god to be worshipped; he was someone who gained knowledge of the way things are, someone who could see things truthfully. Buddha "roopa" (images) can serve as reminders of the "one who knows" within ourselves. This is one of my favorite images at Phra Mahathat Woramaha Wiharn in Nakhon Si Thammarat.