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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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.
Buddhism thrived in India for over 1000 years. Discover important sites in the life of the Buddha.
Siddhartha achieved enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree. Now a major pilgrimage site, it is covered in offerings.
This video decodes the hand gestures, symbols, and styles of Buddhas from Thailand, Pakistan, Japan, and China.
An empty throne, footsteps, and a wheel—rather than represent the Buddha directly, sculptors relied on symbols.