2. Rainbow Buddha Shakyamuni
Style: All-Color (tson-thang)

Siddhartha Gautama is the historical Buddha and the initiator of Buddhism. He was born in 563 B.C. as a prince in the Sakya clan and given the name Śākyāmuni after his birthplace. The historical Buddha is manifested with 32 major and 80 minor signs of divinity as per the ancient texts. The five significant physical signs of his journey towards enlightenment are: extended earlobes since being a prince; webbed fingers; the ushnisa or a protrusion on the top of his head epitomizing his spiritual power; an urna or curl of hair amidst the eyes, symbolizing the third eye; and a chakra or wheel on each foot and palm. He is often depicted in Padmasana or the seated lotus posture with monastic robes wrapped around one or both shoulders. Here he is shown in the earth- witnessing posture or bhumisparshmudra, where he is touching the earth with his right hand as a testimony of his enlightenment and his left hand holds a begging bowl.

This Chitrapata is a replica of the original, currently in Lhasa, Tibet. The swirling lines to the center of the Buddha leads to Enlightenment. This is a visualization of Vajryana thought and practice, where Nirvana can be reached through chanting of a mantra and visualization of a deity.