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Tilopa was a tantric practitioner and mahasiddha. He developed the mahamudra method, a set of spiritual practices that greatly accelerates the process of attaining bodhi (enlightenment). He is regarded as the human founder of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Buddha Preaching the First Sermon at Sarnath

Little Buddha statues at Hase-dera, Japan

Buddha with a topknot. Gandhara was the region that lies between N.W Pakistan and E. Afghanistan. first mentioned in a text in the 9th C. BCE. Over the next 900 years the region was conquered by Alexander the Great, the Indian Mauryan dynasty, the Parthians, the Indo-Greeks, and finally the Central Asian Kushan Empire. This complex history, with its many cultural influences, formed the foundation for a region where Buddhism flourished and the basis for some of the earlier images of Buddha.

*Vitaka Mudra, The Gesture of Debate, explaining the Buddha’s teachings with the hands raised and the tips of the forefingers and the thumbs touch each other. #East #Asia #Buddha

Kannon - The Japanese Bodhisattva of compassion.