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Shakyamuni Life Story

The person who we call “the Buddha” was born around 560 BCE in Lumbini, as Siddhartha Gautama. His father was ruler of the Shakyas, a small tribe in southern Nepal. Later when Siddhartha had become a religious sage – a muni – he received the honorific title of Shakyamuni.

In Tibetan painting, a series of twelve major moments in the Buddha’s life developed. The iconographic sequence is standard, although the location of the tableaux in the paintings may vary. See details below on the 12 elements as depicted in this thangka painting.

Size: approx. 20-22cm x 24-26cm

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The person who we call “the Buddha” was born around 560 BCE in Lumbini, as Siddhartha Gautama. His father was ruler of the Shakyas, a small tribe in southern Nepal. Later when Siddhartha had become a religious sage – a muni – he received the honorific title of Shakyamuni. Raised as a prince, the young Siddhartha left the palace on 4 occassions and encountered 4 people who had remained hidden from him until that time: an invalid, an old man, a dead person, and finally an ascetic beggar. After an ascetic life failed to bring him closer to the understanding that palace life had denied, he finally found a quiet place to meditate in silence. After testing by Mara, the personification of evil, and 49 days he received insight into his former and present lives: extremes in life lead to nothing, life is suffering and suffering must be eliminated. When he reached this insight, he attained nirvana, or liberation, or enlightenment.

 

In Tibetan painting, a series of twelve major moments in the Buddha’s life developed. The iconographic sequence is standard, although the location of the tableaux in the paintings may vary. The twelve events are: (1) Queen Maya’s dream: The sleeping Queen dreams of a white elephant which signifies her pregnancy and her newborn’s exceptional traits; (2) The birth of Siddhartha; (3) Raising the young prince; (4) Life at the court; (5) The four encounters; (6) Siddhartha secretly leaves the palace; (7) Asceticism; (8) Mara’s attack: Mara, the personification of evil, tries to prevent Siddhartha from reaching the ultimate understanding; (9) Enlightenment; (10) Proclaiming the teachings; (11) Extraordinary events: During his years of wandering, the Buddha sometimes performed miracles, for example transforming snake poison into flowers and creating a passage through a fast-flowing river. He also converts his father on a family visit and journeys to the Heaven of 33 Gods to teach his mother; (12) Parinirvana: The Buddha died and attained parinirvana – the passing beyond nirvana.

 

Size: approx. 20-22cm x 24-26cm

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Weight 0.01 kg
Dimensions 33 x 5 x 5 cm

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