Among the founders of the world’s major religions, the Buddha was the only teacher who did not claim to be other than an ordinary human being.
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When you see a pensive bodhisattva sculpture, you may wonder: what is he thinking? And why is he smiling?
Who was the Buddha and how have artists depicted him as a visually recognizable figure in sculpture?
Mudras are a set of hand gestures and finger positions that serve as symbols in Buddhist art.
The largest Buddha in the world is at Mount Emei in China.
A brief primer on bodhisattvas
Bodh Gaya is the place where the Buddha attained enlightenment—over millennia it has been reconstructed and reimagined.
There are many kinds of Buddhist meditations; here Dr Sarah Shaw describes the ‘middle way’ of the Buddha and explores key aspects of Buddhist meditation and chant, such as the use of Buddha-images and visualization.
The religion that originated in India took on so many different forms that it is often difficult to see how the various sects of Buddhism are related.
A Buddha is seen as one who becomes awakened to the true nature of reality.
A mound of dirt or the body of the Buddha? These sacred sites give practitioners insight into the Four Noble Truths.
Despite a princely upbringing, Siddhartha insisted he was just a man—albeit one who attained perfection.
From simple assembly halls to expansive rock caves, buildings for Buddhist monks grew in complexity over time.