Shakyamuni Buddha In this image Shakyamuni Buddha is show seated high above a distant mountain range seated upon a throne of a lotus with sun and moon cushions, supported by eight great lions. The elements of the lotus, moon and sun represent the Three Principal Paths of Buddhism, namely renunciation, the wish for enlightenment and correct view of emptiness. Each of these paths have been perfectly elucidated by Je Tsongkapa in His Lam Rim text of the same name: The Three Principal Paths.
Another one of the "Three Ways" that came after the other two and incorporated more of the other two ways. The Buddhist way outlines that actions of this life can carry into the next life and shape how one will be reborn.