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Day of the Week Buddhas

The tradition of the seven-day week is observed all over the world. In some places it shows up in mundane ways like numbering of squares in calendars and appointment books. In other places exquisite settings for the days of the week are created in sacred spaces.

In Southeast Asia many temples feature a set of altars dedicated to the seven days of the week. Each altar displays a stature of Lord Buddha representing a deeply significant moment in his life. Some of the Buddhas are standing; others are seated and one reclines. Each Buddha holds its hands in certain manner called a Mudra which allows the recognition and distribution of a particular type of energy.

It is a common practice for visitors to seek out the Buddha representing their own “day of the week” birth. They feel that their lives are enhanced by the blessing of this particular Buddha granted through offerings, rituals and prayer. These “great moments” reveal some important lessons.

 

 The Days of the Week Buddhas

   

Sunday – PANG THAWAI NET. Seven Days of Looking. After receiving enlightenment under the Buddhi tree, the Buddha stood in gratitude to this element of nature which had made this huge leap in consciousness possible. He remained standing for a whole week without the blinking an eye,
 
   

Monday – PANG HAM YATI. Pacifying the Relatives. The Buddha stands with his right hand extended and palm raised upwards.  With this Mudra he offered peace to the members of his arguing,  family. The Buddha’s advice was to compromise.

 

 
   

Tuesday – PAN SAI YAT Realizing Nirvana. The Buddha is reclining when he is approached by an Asura. By increasing his actual size the Buddha confronts the smallness of this evil being  and becomes his spiritual teacher.
 
   

Wednesday AM – PANG UMBAT Pang Umbat.  The Buddhas stands holding an alms bowl. His father was appalled when informed of his behavior. The Buddha explained that his begging gave others the opportunity to be charitable.
 
     

Wednesday PM  This one day of the week is divided into two twelve hour parts. It offers the same lesson throughout the day, but people born in AM and PM have slightly different experiences.
 
     

Thursday  PANG SAMTI  The Meditating Buddha. The Buddha is seated in the full lotus position. He vowed to remain in that position until he achieved enlightenment even if it mean personally  dying on that spot. .
 
   

Friday  PANG RAM PUENG Contemplating Buddha. The Buddha stands with his arms crossed across his chest. Realizing the difficulties that all people must face, the Buddha offers hope and encouragement.
 
   

Saturday PANG NAK PROK Protected by the Naga King. The meditating Buddha was protected from a heavy rainfall by a huge serpent . The Buddha was engrossed in meditating and didn’t even realize it had taken place.
 

 

 

     
 
These Day of the Week Budhhas are accessible to residents and tourists in temples throughout Southeast Asia.  Check out the visit of Barak Obama.