Buddha’s Life Story Beautifully Painted
Art has played a huge role in our lives and the lives of those who lived long in the past. Archaeologists have uncovered historical evidence that tells us stories of lost civilizations through paintings and carvings in caves. Even today, art continues to play a huge role in revealing the truth and giving insights of modern living in today’s society that is often obscured by day to day doldrums.
Art is also an important component in Buddhism, and its history goes back to the time of Buddha Shakyamuni. It is said that one of the earliest forms of Buddhist art is a painting depicting the Wheel of Life, which was described by Buddha Shakyamuni himself to one of his royal disciples, who later commissioned the painting to be made.
Artists use their art to express diverse perceptions of the world, and Buddhist art is no different. Each Buddhist artform tells a story or serves as a reminder of the methods to Enlightenment and the enlightened qualities which we wish to achieve. A learned Buddhist can even be reminded of the myriad philosophies contained within the Dharma just by glancing at a painting of the Wheel of Life, and many other paintings whose function is to help us practice the path.
Another important function of art within Buddhism is to commemorate the deeds of great masters. For instance, the 15 beautiful thangkas of Lama Tsongkhapa’s life story were painted in incredible detail for us to study and be inspired by his great activities. Through knowing the works, sacrifices and challenges that erudite masters have to endure to achieve the state of Enlightenment, we may then develop a strong resolution to brave the path of the enlightened.
Below are some beautiful pictures of the life of Buddha Shakyamuni. I am sharing this beautiful collection for everyone to once again remember the kindness of Lord Shakyamuni in turning the Wheel of Dharma in this fortunate aeon.
For more interesting posts:
- Life of Buddha in Stunning Paintings
- The Life Story of Lama Tsongkhapa in Art
- Dorje Shugden Illustrated Story & Graphic Novel
- Magadha Sangmo (须摩提女)
- Devadatta & Blaming Others…
Images extracted from http://goldcollect.blogspot.my/2010/07/blog-post_27.html
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