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Expounding the Great Truth  Both hands express the Vitarka Mudra

Expounding the Great Truth Both hands express the Vitarka Mudra

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.

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.

Direction of Buddha to human being  The historic Buddha Shakyamuni was born in Northern India about 2560 years ago in a royal family as a prince called Siddhartha Gautama. During his life he met different types of people and gave general and specific advice for all life's situations. Buddha gave directions for three different types of people. First one who wanted to sidestep suffering received the instructions about cause and effect called "Hinayana" in Sanskrit. Second is who wanted to do…

Direction of Buddha to human being The historic Buddha Shakyamuni was born in Northern India about 2560 years ago in a royal family as a prince called Siddhartha Gautama. During his life he met different types of people and gave general and specific advice for all life's situations. Buddha gave directions for three different types of people. First one who wanted to sidestep suffering received the instructions about cause and effect called "Hinayana" in Sanskrit. Second is who wanted to do…

Buddha Shakyamuni	  Tibet; 11th century  The Buddha sits on an elaborately patterned cushion decorated with the face of a lion. The distinctive use of two colors of metal in this piece may reflect a practice recorded in the writings of the Tibetan scholar and teacher Padma Dkarpol (1524-1592) who described a type of image which was made of both "white brass" and "red brass."

Buddha Shakyamuni Tibet; 11th century The Buddha sits on an elaborately patterned cushion decorated with the face of a lion. The distinctive use of two colors of metal in this piece may reflect a practice recorded in the writings of the Tibetan scholar and teacher Padma Dkarpol (1524-1592) who described a type of image which was made of both "white brass" and "red brass."

A carved schist head of Buddha Ancient region of Gandhara, 3rd/4th century 11-3/4 in.

A carved schist head of Buddha Ancient region of Gandhara, 3rd/4th century 11-3/4 in.

Some 2,500 years ago, Siddhartha Gautama, a prince of the royal Shakya Clan of Nepal, meditated under the bodhi tree (a type of fig tree) in the Indian town of Bodh Gaya (in eastern India) and attained enlightenment. Gautama Buddha is often called the

Some 2,500 years ago, Siddhartha Gautama, a prince of the royal Shakya Clan of Nepal, meditated under the bodhi tree (a type of fig tree) in the Indian town of Bodh Gaya (in eastern India) and attained enlightenment. Gautama Buddha is often called the

Some 2,500 years ago, Siddhartha Gautama, a prince of the royal Shakya Clan of Nepal, meditated under the bodhi tree (a type of fig tree) in the Indian town of Bodh Gaya (in eastern India) and attained enlightenment. Gautama Buddha is often called the

Some 2,500 years ago, Siddhartha Gautama, a prince of the royal Shakya Clan of Nepal, meditated under the bodhi tree (a type of fig tree) in the Indian town of Bodh Gaya (in eastern India) and attained enlightenment. Gautama Buddha is often called the

Some 2,500 years ago, Siddhartha Gautama, a prince of the royal Shakya Clan of Nepal, meditated under the bodhi tree (a type of fig tree) in the Indian town of Bodh Gaya (in eastern India) and attained enlightenment.

Some 2,500 years ago, Siddhartha Gautama, a prince of the royal Shakya Clan of Nepal, meditated under the bodhi tree (a type of fig tree) in the Indian town of Bodh Gaya (in eastern India) and attained enlightenment.

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