The Body of a Buddha: A Road Map to Liberation

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When the historical Buddha, Prince Siddhartha Gautama, achieved enlightenment under the Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya, he came to be regarded as a perfect being. As such, his physical body was said to bear the marks and signs of this perfection. His perfect physical body was the direct result of three aeons of cultivating virtues during his many rebirths. In Lama Tsongkhapa’s Songs from Experience, the Buddha’s enlightened body is a “body born of ten million virtues and excellences.”

When Prince Siddhartha was born, the seer Asita came to visit the new-born prince. Many of you familiar with the story of the Buddha will remember that it was at this point that the seer gave King Suddhodana a prophecy. On examining the baby prince, he found marks and signs indicating that the prince would either grow up to become a great king, or a great spiritual leader of men. What Asita saw on the child were some of the marks and signs of a being who had practised many virtues during his previous lifetimes.

Within the Mahayana tradition, the enlightened beings are said to have three types of bodies: the Dharmakaya (truth body), the Sambhogakaya (enjoyment body), and the Nirmanakaya (emanation body). While the Dharmakaya has no perceivable form, both the Sambhogakaya and the Nirmanakaya do. These two bodies of the enlightened beings are said to have the 112 physical marks or characteristics of a Buddha. These are broken down into two categories, the 32 major marks and the 80 minor marks.

These signs and marks are said to appear only on the body of someone who is exemplary because they denote the inner qualities of that person. Furthermore, it is also a sign that this person or being can leave imprints in the minds of others to achieve those very same qualities. When we study and understand the meaning behind these marks, we come to the realisation that they serve as reminders of the qualities that we should practise in our daily lives on our path to spiritual perfection. Not only do the Buddhas teach the Dharma verbally, but even their bodies are used as roadmaps to enlightenment itself.

Throughout Buddhist history, scholars have differed in their opinions about the 32 major marks of an enlightened being. They are divided into two camps: those who believe that the physical attributes are real, and those who think that they are merely symbolic.

 

Physical Attributes

Some scholars say that the 32 major marks are real physical attributes on the body of a Buddha.

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A Buddha, however, can manifest in whatever form is required to suit the needs of sentient beings. Therefore the 32 marks are not always easily perceivable. According to historical accounts, Buddha Shakyamuni took on the form of a renunciate, with a shaved head, robes made of rags stitched together, and who had abandoned all worldly pleasures.

This is made clear in certain sources such as the Samannaphala Sutra, which recounts the story of King Ajatashatru who could not identify Buddha Shakyamuni amongst the assembly of monks. Similarly, in the Upakkilesa Sutra, Buddha Shakyamuni was stopped from entering his grove again, because the grove caretaker did not recognise him.

This does not mean that the Buddha did not have the 32 major marks, because in a commentary on the Dhatu Vibhanga Sutra, we read that the Buddha concealed his major marks during a meeting with Pukkusati, who only recognised the Buddha after hearing his voice during the teaching.

The fact that ordinary beings are not able to recognise the Buddha is not surprising because these marks are fully visible only to other enlightened beings.

 

Mythical Symbolism

Other scholars claim that the marks are merely symbols corresponding to the spiritual attainments of a Bodhisattva. They are karmic signatures of great beings who have practised the Dharma and cultivated virtue throughout countless lifetimes.

In the Abhisamayalamkara, as taught by the Bodhisattva Maitreya and recorded by his student Asanga, it states that the merit needed to produce a single hair on the body of a Buddha is equal to ten times the collected merits of the sravakas or arhats, pratyekabuddhas or solitary-realisers, and all other ordinary sentient beings. The accumulation of a hundred times these merits generates the causes for each of the 80 minor marks. It is through the store of merits from these 80 minor marks that one of the 32 major marks is said to appear. Therefore, according to this explanation, it is not necessary that these 32 major marks appear physically on the body.

Maitreya Buddha, the future Buddha to come.

Maitreya Buddha, the future Buddha to come.

 

Scriptural Sources

The earliest mention of the 32 marks of a Buddha from within the Theravada tradition is found in the Lakkhana Sutta, the Mahapadana Sutta, the Brahmayu Sutta and the Mahavastu. All these sutras provide details of the 32 marks. These are followed by a prediction that a person born with these marks would either become a Wheel-turning Universal Monarch or renounce the world and become a fully awakened one, a Buddha.

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Just like the seer Asita who foretold that Prince Siddhartha would become a Buddha by observing the marks on the baby’s body, sages skilled in reading these signs also examined the body of Prince Vipassi (Skt. Vipaśyin), a Buddha of the past who appeared in the world 91 aeons ago. This account appears in the Mahapadana Sutta, in which it is also said that Prince Vipassi went on to become enlightened and became a Buddha.

Within the Mahayana tradition, there are two lineages of explaining these signs. One stems from the Prajñaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom) Sutras. The Abhisamayalamkara, as noted previously, follows this tradition, as does the text known as Ratnavali, written by Arya Nagarjuna. The second of these two lineages stems from the Ratnadarika Sutra and the Uttaratantra.

In the Abhidharmakosa written by Vasubandhu, it is said that once the practitioner on the Bodhisattva path begins to cultivate the karma for the creation of these marks, he is ‘predestined’ to be reborn in a good realm, with all faculties in place and bestowed with the power of recalling past lives.

 

The Body of a Buddha

Rather than examining whether the 32 major marks of a Buddha are physical or symbolic, it would be well worth our while to enumerate each mark along with its meaning and what it means for our personal spiritual growth.

For practitioners, the importance of the 32 marks is that they teach us how our actions now have an impact on our spiritual growth and future circumstances, whether we remain as ordinary sentient beings or achieve the state of enlightenment. Therefore, we should try to understand the underlying qualities associated with the marks with a view to acquiring these qualities through our practice of the Dharma.

 

Note: There are many variations as to the enumeration of the 32 marks according to different traditions. The list below is a synthesis of Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana versions. The two main sources are the Lalitavistara Sutra and Lama Tsongkhapa’s Legshe Sertreng text, otherwise known as the Golden Mala of Perfect Explanation.

 

The 32 Major Marks

 

#1: Soles of the Feet are Level

Description: The Buddha is said to have smooth feet with level soles, so that wherever he walks, his feet are firmly planted on the ground. His feet are described as broad, round, smooth and firm like those of a tortoise.

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Cause: The Buddha kept his vows throughout many lifetimes and was firm in his renunciation of killing.

Teaching: Being firm in our vows and commitments is beyond doubt an all-important foundation to build our practice on. Lama Tsongkhapa taught that these vows should be in accordance with the Three Higher Trainings: discipline, concentration and wisdom. In this regard, Lama Tsongkhapa says we should take the following vows and keep them strongly:

  1. Pratimoksha vows: Leading to self-liberation. These vows include the lay and monastic vows.
  2. Dhyana-samvara vows: Leading to a state of meditative and mental stability. These vows stop us from developing mental wandering, dullness or excitement during our meditations.
  3. Anashrava-samvara vows: Leading to the state of wisdom that is untainted, i.e. the realisation of emptiness. These vows allow us to arrest afflictive emotions and attitudes.

 

#2: Thousand-Spoked Wheels

Description: The palms of the hands and the soles of the feet of a Buddha are marked by thousand-spoked Dharma wheels. In some traditions, the wheel is an eight-spoked Dharma wheel representing the Noble Eightfold Path. The wheel may be accompanied by the sign of the swastika as well.

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Cause: The Buddha turned the wheel of Dharma, performing the deeds of enlightened speech. It is said in the Abhisamayalamkara that “the sign of the wheel … gives encouragement to people frightened of samsara’s wheel.” The Buddha was willing and able to grant his protection to those who were being ravaged by their negative karma. He never turned anyone away if they needed help, even if others regarded them as undeserving of help. He also greeted and escorted his spiritual teacher wherever he went.

Teaching: We should have a selfless attitude of serving others, especially when they are suffering and in pain, physically or mentally. One of the best ways to serve others is to teach them the Dharma. The Buddha said that the best gift is the gift of Dharma. We should also adhere to the principles of guru devotion, as explained in various texts such as Ashvagosha’s 50 Verses of Guru Devotion.

 

#3: Projecting Heels

Description: The Buddha’s heels are not round but oval in shape. They project out, providing extra strength and spreading the weight on the feet.

Cause: The Buddha went out of his way to help others, saving their lives and making them comfortable.

Teaching: We should develop compassion for others. This includes protecting any sentient being from danger, by preventing any harm from befalling them and to make their lives as comfortable and obstacle-free as possible.

 

#4: Long Fingers and Toes

Description: The Buddha is said to have fingers and toes which are long and of equal length. This makes the Buddha’s hands and feet stronger, symbolising positive force in Dharma practice.

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Cause: The Buddha saved the lives of many beings, especially animals that were about to be slaughtered, and he himself abstained from killing any living being.

Teaching: We should never kill another sentient being. This includes refraining from killing animals for food. Instead, we should try to save the lives of sentient beings to the best of our ability.

 

#5: Soft Skin

Description: No matter how old the Buddha is, his skin is smooth and without wrinkles. It is described as being as soft and smooth as that of an infant baby.

Cause: The Buddha gave nourishing food and drink to others, like a mother nursing her child.

Teaching: We should be generous and caring, and remember to give to others nourishing food and drink.

 

#6: Webs of Light

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Description: The Buddha has webs of light connecting his fingers and toes. It appears as if there is a thin membrane between the fingers and toes. In some commentaries, this web is more like the interconnected lines of a net.

Cause: The Buddha perfected the practice of the “Four Ways of Gathering Disciples.” By doing so, he brought others under his positive influence, and helped them along their spiritual path.

Teaching: One should practise these “four attractive behaviours” which are methods used by Bodhisattvas to gather disciples. These are qualities in a Bodhisattva that attract sentient beings to the Dharma. Of the four, two relate to generosity and two to the teachings. The four qualities are:

  1. Giving generously what is necessary,
  2. Speaking pleasantly while doing so,
  3. Teaching the Dharma and the proper path, and
  4. Being a good example by practising what is taught.

 

#7: Body Parts Do Not Stand Out

Description: Certain areas of the Buddha’s body do not stand out. A way to imagine this is to think of a horse with high ankles that stand out. However, the Buddha’s elbows, knees and ankles are not prominent.

Cause: The Buddha practised the humility of a pure view. He also practised the Six Perfections (Paramitas), also known as the Bodhisattva Path, in order to fulfill the promise to achieve enlightenment for the sake of others.

Teaching: In our daily lives, we should practise humility which is the antidote to pride, one of the five poisons. In Vajrayana, it is said that humility is the gateway to all kinds of supernormal powers (siddhis). We should also cultivate the Six Perfections to develop Bodhicitta and wisdom. The Six Perfections are: (i) generosity, (ii) moral discipline, (iii) patience, (iv) joyful effort, (v) concentration, and (vi) wisdom.

 

#8: Rounded Calves

Description: The Buddha has legs like that of an antelope or a royal stag, with well-rounded calves. This is a physical characteristic that makes an antelope strong, fast and agile.

Cause: The Buddha held the Dharma strongly. He honoured the Dharma by studying, contemplating and applying it throughout his many lifetimes. He never showed contempt for a teacher and tirelessly taught the Dharma himself. He also developed a strong mastery of arts and crafts, medicine and astrology. He used these skills to benefit others.

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Teaching: We should strive to learn the Dharma well and practise it, never showing contempt for our teacher. When we have learned the Dharma, we should show others the correct path through our own actions.

 

#9: Long Arms

Description: The Buddha has long arms and is able to touch both his knees without stooping. Also, when the Buddha sits cross-legged, with his elbows tucked in, his hands are able to cover his knees and his fingers are able to touch his seat.

Cause: The Buddha always gave generously to beggars and he made sure they never left empty-handed.

Teaching: We should practise generosity (dana), the first of the Six Paramitas. We should also care for the welfare of others and give whatever we can, even when the person asking is the lowest of the low.

 

#10: Private Organ Is Hidden

Description: The Buddha’s private organ is hidden, like that of a horse, which cannot be seen. The wisdom behind this is that a sheathed organ cannot cause offence to anyone even inadvertently.

Cause: In his many previous lives, the Buddha took a vow of celibacy. The Buddha also observed his vows strongly and protected the secret teachings of tantra.

Teaching: One should always be modest and guard one’s chastity. We should hold our vows well, especially those connected with teachings that are not to be shared openly, such as tantric teachings.

 

#11: Golden Complexion

Description: The Buddha has skin that is golden in colour and gleams with light. His skin is delicate, soft and sensitive to the touch.

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Cause: The Buddha practised patience and never showed anger. For many lifetimes he made beautiful offerings to the enlightened beings, adorned their shrines with golden flowers, banners and gold coverings. He also offered seats to others that were soft and comfortable.

Teaching: In our daily lives we should control our anger and practise the perfection of patience. We should make abundant offerings to the Buddhas to the best of our ability and protect others by providing land and shelter.

 

#12: Smooth Skin

Description: The Buddha has skin that is free from blemishes, so soft and fine that no dust or dirt can attach to it. In some commentaries it is explained that this symbolises that no karma can be attached to the Buddha.

Cause: The Buddha was an adept in the practice of Dharma. He always made offerings to holy men, teachers and those worthy of offerings in holy places. The Tathagata offered baths and ointments, clarified butter and liniments, warm water when the weather was cold, cool water when the weather was hot, clothing that was smooth to the touch and soft cushions. He accommodated those that needed lodging and provided the perfect housing to those in need.

Teaching: We should follow the Blessed One’s example and practise the Dharma well. We should always make offerings to those who are worthy, such as our teachers, those learned in the Dharma and those who help others. We should provide shelters for them, and items they need according to their situation.

 

#13: Hair from Each Pore

Description: The Buddha has a single hair growing from each pore of his body that curls to the right.

Cause: The Buddha abandoned worldly activities. He refrained from lying. He also attended to teachers and pandits, contemplated on their teachings and developed a calm mind through meditation. He also kept the holy places free of dirt, weeds and cobwebs. He was able to completely remove confusion from his mindstream.

Teaching: We should never lie but always tell the truth. When receiving teachings we should be respectful and contemplate what we have learned. We should meditate to achieve a calm mind, and clean the holy sites and our altars to create a nice environment for the Buddhas to abide in.

 

#14: Hair Grows Upwards

Relief fragment depicting Prince Siddhartha cutting his hair in renunciation

Relief fragment depicting Prince Siddhartha cutting his hair in renunciation

Description: The Buddha has upward-growing hair that is deep blue in colour like a peacock and curls to the right.

Cause: This is the result of merit from lifetimes of non-violence. The Buddha also paid homage to and circumambulated holy teachers, those worthy of receiving offerings and holy places associated with enlightened beings. He collected a great amount of merits by engaging in many beneficial actions and inspired others to do the same.

Teaching: We should engage in virtuous actions to accumulate merits, and through our actions and transformation, inspire others to do the same.

 

#15: Upright Stance of a God

Description: The Buddha is extremely tall and upright like the god Brahma. His stance indicates balance and firmness.

Cause: The Buddha abstained from killing and taught others the benefits of saving lives, providing all beings with a safe refuge and protection from suffering.

Teaching: We should abandon killing, eating meat or using animal products. We should instead share with others the benefits of saving the lives of sentient beings.

 

#16: Raised and Rounded Body Parts

Description: The tops of the Buddha’s hands, feet, shoulders and the back of his neck are raised and rounded.

Cause: The Buddha provided others with physical nourishment such as excellent food and drink. He gave them items that they needed, for example, clothing, shelter and medicine.

Teaching: We should always practise generosity, including giving good and healthy food and drink to others. When giving to others, we should always give the best that we can afford.

 

#17: Lion-like Torso

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Description: The Buddha has an upper body resembling a lion with an impressive torso which is majestic to look at. It allows for efficient respiration and metabolism, indicating exceptional health.

Cause: The Buddha practised the ten virtuous actions and gave to others rather than looking after his own needs. He never humiliated or scolded anyone.

Teaching: We should not look down on others because of their lowly status. We should never scold people in public or in private. Instead of putting down another person’s beliefs or traditions, we should practise tolerance and kindness, leading to peace and harmony. We should always provide the weak with help and give shelter to those who need it.

 

#18: Rounded Shoulders

Description: The Buddha has perfect well-rounded shoulders without any furrow or dent between the shoulders, and his veins are not visible.

Cause: The Buddha upheld his precepts and provided refuge from fear. He praised those worthy of praise and gave encouragement to others.

Teaching: We should always hold the precepts taught to us by our teachers well and develop great compassion, a mind that wishes to protect all sentient beings from suffering. Furthermore, we should practise mind transformation (lojong) and encourage others to do so. We should praise those who are worthy of praise and not be jealous of their attainments.

 

#19: Body like a Bodhi Tree

Description: The Buddha has body proportions like a full-grown Bodhi tree that has roots, stems and branches that are equal in length. Therefore, the Buddha’s body is perfectly proportioned in height and width.

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Cause: The Buddha never turned anyone away. He took care of those in need and made sure they were comfortable and safe. He built public gardens and parks for the enjoyment of others and also encouraged others to do so.

Teaching: We should always care for the welfare of others, providing them with physical shelter, as well as an environment with clean drinking water. We should respect the environment and look after it and all the creatures that live within it, for the well-being of all life on earth.

 

#20: Round and Smooth Neck

Description: The Buddha has a round and smooth neck, evenly rounded shoulders and broad back. The area below the Buddha’s armpits are full unlike that of ordinary people.

Cause: The Buddha freely gave praise to others and did not criticise the faults of others. Instead, he carefully considered his own faults and misgivings.

Teaching: We should not judge other people’s actions and find fault in their behaviour. Rather, we should judge our own actions and how they can cause harm to us and those around us. We should praise others and their beneficial actions.

 

#21: Perfect Sense of Taste

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Description: The Buddha has a perfect sense of taste and very sensitive tastebuds. Even the poorest of foods that he is given tastes delicious. The Buddha’s tongue is also said to be free from any diseases caused by wind, phlegm and bile.

Cause: The Buddha stopped harming sentient beings for many lifetimes, and nursed the sick, elderly and infirm. He did whatever he could for the welfare of others.

Teaching: We should care for all beings, especially when they are suffering. If they are sick, old or infirm we should look after them, especially those whom others find repulsive or disgusting.

 

#22: Jaws like a Lion

Description: The Buddha has jaws like a lion’s, with full, firm and rounded cheeks.

Cause: The Buddha gave up idle chatter and gossiping. He addressed all those who approached him with kind and inspiring words, deceiving no one and despising no one.

Teaching: We should not engage in idle chatter and gossip. This is part of the Buddhist refuge vows in order to control our speech so we do not create negative karma. It is very easy to hurt others with our speech, and harsh words can be very damaging to others. Instead we should use our speech to encourage others to practise the Dharma and use inspiring words to uplift them as they tread the path towards enlightenment.

 

#23: 40 Teeth

Description: The Buddha has 40 evenly formed teeth. Ordinary people only have 32 teeth which are not permanent and change from birth to old age.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Singapore

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Singapore

Cause: The Buddha used his speech to reunite people who had quarrelled. He never used divisive speech. Instead, he only spoke words of peace and reconciliation.

Teaching: On the spiritual path we should endeavour to bring people together through our speech, and avoid creating conflicts and schism among them.

 

#24: Teeth Are Equal in Length

Description: The Buddha has straight teeth that are of equal length and free of stains.

Cause: The Buddha gave up the five types of wrong livelihood.

Teaching: We should earn our living through honest means and not through the five kinds of wrong livelihood. The five trades which should be avoided by a lay disciple are:

  1. Trading in arms,
  2. Trading in human beings,
  3. Trading in flesh (breeding animals for slaughter),
  4. Trading in alcohol, and
  5. Trading in poison.

The wrong livelihoods for ordained people are:

  1. Flattery,
  2. Hinting,
  3. Giving in order to receive,
  4. Exerting pressure on others, and
  5. Being on one’s best behaviour.

 

#25: Teeth Have No Gaps

Description: The Buddha has a perfectly aligned set of teeth which are gapless.

Cause: This is the result of speaking the truth for three countless aeons. The Buddha practised guarding his speech from being devious, divisive or slanderous.

Teaching: We should be mindful of how we speak and avoid harming others with our speech.

 

#26: Brilliant White Teeth

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Description: The Buddha has brilliant white teeth. In some scriptures, it is said that Ananda knew when the Buddha was smiling even though he was walking behind the Buddha. When the Buddha parted his lips to let out a smile, bright lights would emanate from the Buddha’s perfect teeth.

Cause: The Blessed One respected and praised all sentient beings, especially the Buddhas and the Bodhisattvas. According to the Theravada tradition, the Buddha is said to have painted many stupas, and made countless offerings of milk, garments and beautiful white flowers.

Teaching: We should always show others respect and praise them when we speak. We should especially make verbal prostrations to the enlightened beings and those ahead of us on the path to enlightenment.

 

#27: Long Tongue

Description: The Buddha has a long tongue which is perfectly shaped and long enough to reach his hairline and ears. It is red in colour like an utpala flower.

Cause: The Buddha always used kind words and spoke as gently as an animal licking its young offspring.

Teaching: We should never use harsh words. Instead, we should speak kindly and gently to others. We should use our speech in positive ways such as praising the Dharma teachers, requesting the Buddhas to teach and sharing the Dharma with others.

 

#28: Voice with the Qualities of Brahma

Description: The Buddha has a voice like the god Brahma which is deep, clear and melodious. It is said that anyone who hears the voice like that of Brahma’s is temporarily relieved of all problems. However, it cannot bring you to full enlightenment. The Buddha’s voice is also said to have five major distinguishing features:

  1. All beings can understand it, regardless of language,
  2. The words from the Buddha’s lips all have the same articulation,
  3. The Buddha’s words are deeply profound and bring benefits to the listeners,
  4. The voice is melodious and draws people to it, and
  5. The Buddha’s words are in proper order and flawless.

Cause: The Buddha spoke the truth and taught the Dharma to beings in their individual languages.

Teaching: We should give up lying. If we continue to lie we will end up hurting ourselves and others. Instead, we should focus on telling the truth and using kind and loving words that soften people’s hearts and open their minds to the Dharma.

 

#29: Sapphire Blue Eyes

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Description: The Buddha has deep blue eyes like the colour of sapphires. In addition, the coloured and white parts of the eyes are distinctly separated, with no red or yellow discolouration.

Cause: The Buddha gazed upon all sentient beings lovingly like a mother at her only child. He refrained from looking upon others negatively. The Buddha also gazed upon the enlightened beings and their various images with complete faith.

Teaching: We should develop the understanding that all living beings are suffering, whether great or small. So, when we look upon them we have nothing but compassion for them, which will lead us to work tirelessly for their welfare. We should regard all images of the Buddhas as the Buddhas themselves and treat them with respect and reverence.

 

#30: Long Eyelashes

Description: The Buddha has long and beautiful eyelashes like those of a heifer.

Cause: The Buddha had abandoned all delusions and unbalanced attitudes.

Teaching: We should strive to overcome the three poisons (ignorance, attachment and anger) and try to achieve discriminating awareness through study, meditation and practice in order to be able to discern what is proper and what is improper. Once we have this awareness, our actions will be motivated solely by the compassionate resolve to help all sentient beings.

 

#31: Urna

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Description: The Buddha has an urna, a soft wisp of hair between his brows which is tightly curled. It has six characteristics: (i) smooth, (ii) soft, (iii) white, (iv) extends three cubits in length, (v) curls from right to left and (vi) has an upturned tip.

Cause: The Buddha practised the Six Perfections, served his superiors with respect and praised others. This mark is the second most difficult to achieve. It is also achieved by helping others avoid unfortunate rebirths.

Teaching: We should respect and please all those who are considered higher than us, like our parents, elders, teachers, spiritual masters, abbots, lamas, etc., and serve them accordingly.

 

#32: Ushnisha

Description: The Buddha has an ushnisha, or crown protrusion. It is like a very small round bump on the crown of the head. It is made of flesh that is bright and radiant. From far away it seems that it is about four finger-widths in height, but if you actually tried to measure it you would not be able to. It is impossible to measure. It is the first superior mark of a Buddha and the most difficult of all the major marks to achieve.

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Cause: The Buddha always prostrated to his spiritual teachers and visualised them sitting on the crown of his head. In addition, for countless lifetimes, the Buddha visited temples and holy sites and engaged in spiritual practices in these places .

Teaching: The guru is the highest of all beings as he/she shows us the path to enlightenment. Therefore we should always consider our guru to be the highest merit field, and treat him/her with the utmost respect and reverence. We should always prostrate to our guru and visualise him/her on the crown of our head. To follow the guru’s instructions is to practise the Dharma.

 

A Key to Enlightenment

Often, we imagine the Buddha to be a supernatural being, an out-of-this-world superior human being that we admire but is perhaps beyond our expectations to become. In studying the 32 marks of the Buddha, we begin a Dharma journey that is very intimate and we see the Buddha from another perspective, i.e., that of a once ordinary being who practised for countless aeons precisely the Dharma that we have been taught by Him.

We know from learning the Dharma that even the form of the Buddha is Dharma itself and the marks on the Buddha are a supreme teaching on correct Dharma practice and the fruits of this practice. By understanding the marks, we are able to understand what it is that we must practise to reach this level, and at the same time how we should practise. Rather than debate on whether the marks actually exist physically on the body of the Buddha or if they are merely symbolic spiritual markings, we should instead focus on what the marks of the Buddha mean for our own practice. After all, everything the Buddha has done after gaining enlightenment and all of the Dharma that Buddha taught is for our spiritual evolution towards this same state. Thus, it can be said that the Buddha’s holy form is itself another of his teachings. In essence, it is a road map to liberation.

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  1. Moon Chan on Oct 22, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    I did not know there are so much meanings behind a Buddha image. Reading every single part of the Buddha’s body, I start to figure out if I have some of these qualities because I found its very beautiful to have.

    In my childhood, people are not happy to have flat feet. Now I have change my mind because the soles of Buddha’s feet are level. I will tell those who are having flat feet about this story.

    People who are having different eyes color are unique for me. Buddha has sapphire blue eyes, its the color I like. When I think of why I enjoy look at certain people eyes, now I realize its because they look at me with eyes or warmth, like the Buddha. The Buddha gazed upon all sentient beings lovingly like a mother, shines into the eye and the heart of the child. He has complete faith to us. He teaches me always view people with compassion. That’s make us has beautiful eyes, to see goods in everyone and everything in this world.

    Then it is said that Ananda knew when the Buddha was smiling even though he was walking behind the Buddha. I’m thinking the Buddha teeth must be really really brilliant white, its just so shining, his smile is so powerful, to show us lights. When we smile, what we offer to the world is more powerful than we think. Other than this, we should always praise when we speak, this could affirm sentient beings to remember they have Buddha qualities and able to develop more too.

    This article is so nice to help me understand easily the body of a Buddha. Now I am more aware when I see any artworks of a Buddha. A Buddha image is a reminder to manifest our highest self, it is something that we can practice here and now.

  2. Samfoonheei on Jun 22, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    Very interesting and informative knowledge of learning the body parts of Buddha. Each body parts tell us all…a great teachings for me, with the explanations of the causes and teachings behind each and every body parts of them. Reading this blog again and again to get a better picture and understanding, still learning .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin for sharing.

  3. S.Prathap on Apr 7, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    After reading this article I came to realize I have plenty to know. I get to understand a little much more knowledge of the Body of a Buddha. The details of the 32 marks and there are teachings of each mark.
    Reading this gives me a whole new understanding into Buddha images, and their importance.Thank you very much for the informative article.

  4. Beatrix Ooi on May 6, 2019 at 5:35 am

    This was a very well-written article, very easy to understand, informative and thorough. Reading this article has made me understand how potent it is to create Buddha images with accurate iconographies because each and every single part of the Buddha’s body represents enlightenment itself. What’s incredible is that if we imagine how the Buddha looks like according to these descriptions, he is definitely out of this world. I really enjoy reading all of these 32 incredible marks of the Buddha, more so the causes and teachings behind each of them. Reading through all these is very inspiring because before Prince Siddharta became enlightened, he was like any one of us; Hence, through this, it also reminds and teaches us that we can too achieve enlightenment if we start putting ourselves into practice now.

  5. Pastor David Lai on May 5, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    This article enumerates the 32 major marks of a Buddha and after reading from the description, I do find that if that is actually how the Buddha looked, he would look pretty strange, almost like an alien. Hence, most depictions of the Buddha tend to stylize the descriptions while maintaining accuracy and aesthetic considerations.

    Therefore, the best artists and artisans are able to pain and craft the best works that keep a tidy balance between these two. One cannot take the traditional descriptions too literally without aesthetic considerations and one cannot ignore them as the image would loose its blessings. Nevertheless, the best art would endow the artwork with sufficient blessings and power upon the beholder and yet aesthetically pleasing.

    Therefore, I feel that I would adhere to the school of thought that they are symbolic or at least, these special physical attributes that are only visible by other enlightened beings as the article explains. No one really knows how the Buddha really looks like and such traditional descriptions does make him out to be something other than human. However, the Buddha himself said he is nothing but a man who had simply become awakened.

  6. Pastor Niral Patel on May 5, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    The Body of a Buddha is an excellent article. As Buddhists we always learn that the Buddha’s form is a teaching for us to learn from and then to practice, but before reading this article, I never really had an idea as to how deep the teachings actually go.

    Combined, each and every part of the Buddha’s body is actually a complete path to enlightenment itself. And though I knew that each part of the Buddha’s form embodied the enlightened state, I did not know how to understand until this article.

    Reading this gives me a whole new understanding into Buddha images, and their importance. It is awe-inspiring yet extremely motivating to know the meaning behind the major marks. Because each mark has a real transformation ability in one’s life. It is something that we can practise here and now, to develop that mark and become a Buddha ourselves.

    Now I can understand the importance of creating iconographically correct images of the Buddhas, whether in thangka/painting form, statues, tsa-tsas, etc. In fact, Rinpoche is always creating and giving away iconographically correct Buddha statues, and now I know why. As they embody the very qualities and teachings that we should develop and follow, Buddha images are more than worthy objects of veneration and merit making. I guess that is the reason why Tsem Rinpoche makes them available for everyone to download for free here on the blog:

    Free Buddha Images
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/buddha-images.html

    Which Dorje Shugden Style is Your Favourite
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/which-dorje-shugden-style-is-your-favourite.html

    Rime Thangkas
    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/downloads/rime-thangkas-free-download.html

  7. Wai Meng Wan on Nov 26, 2018 at 1:34 am

    Thank you for sharing the 32 marks of the Buddha, having heard of the marks of Buddha it is good that this article shares the marks of the Buddha in more detail. Also good that it explains what the mark is and what creates the causes to achieve it.

  8. Cc on Nov 25, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    ??? Thank you Martin for sharing.

    Very informative. Most if the time we know very briefly on 32 major marks but not in detail.

    It will help us in further understanding and a great tool to share with everyone.

  9. JOY KAM on Nov 20, 2018 at 3:04 am

    All enlightened beings are worthy of homage and worship. They are the best beings to take refuge in and we should offer them our prayers as we can put our full confidence in them. Of all the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, I personally find that Manjushri is extremely important. This is because what keeps us in samsara (cyclic rebirth) is our total ignorance and misunderstanding of the reality of existence. What is necessary to penetrate this deep ignorance that keeps us bound in a perpetual state of reincarnation is wisdom. We need many types of wisdom which can be acquired by relying on Manjushri as our yidam (meditational deity). By focusing on his meditation, practice, mantra and path we can gain wisdom in order to have the tool to penetrate the reality of existence. Therefore, Manjushri is an extremely important Buddha for us to focus on and take refuge in.

    Tsem Rinpoche

    (Photograph: this is the beautiful outdoor Manjushri statue who is in a teaching pose. He is floating above a koi fish pond nestled among lush greenery in Kechara Forest Retreat, Malaysia)

    每一位觉者都能成为我们朝拜、膜拜的对象。他们是我们至高、至好的皈依,我们应该向他们做祈请,并且对他们生起全然的信念。在众佛菩萨之中,我个人认为文殊菩萨极为重要。这是因为使我们身陷娑婆(轮回)的是我们自身的无明,以及对实相的曲解。智慧是一种必要,它能穿透我们深不见底的无明,那个使我们受困于无止境投生的无明。我们需要多种智慧,而依止文殊菩萨作为我们的本尊,即能使我们成就多种智慧。透过文殊菩萨的观想、修持法门、心咒及修行道路,我们能成就智慧,拥有了知实相的“器具”。故此,专注于文殊菩萨的修持法门、皈依他,对我们而言都极为重要。

    詹杜固仁波切

    (相片:这尊户外文殊菩萨像呈转法轮姿。他被茂密的草木环绕,安坐在马来西亚克切拉禅修林的鱼池之上。)

  10. Wylfred Ng on Nov 15, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    谢谢仁波切和曹铭光的分享。

    佛的32相80种好是因为佛累世所累积善行与功德的显现。 代表着佛陀已经证得菩提心、六度波罗蜜等等善业。 这些也是提醒我们时时需要修行的道路。

    我自己是非常喜欢看和留意佛像的特征。 每尊佛像的手印, 坐姿、站姿、手上拿的武器、物品都代表着成佛之道。

    谢谢

  11. Bradley Kassian on Nov 6, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    A very interesting and in-depth explanation of the marks of a Buddha. A visual roadmap to liberation. We should all strive hard to achieve what Buddha has achieved through continuous practice and hard work. Liberation cannot be won without effort. The discipline to hold our vows, commitments, actions, of body speech and mind will not only help us in future lives but will ultimately benefit us and all beings in the end. Three aeons of hard work of helping and benefiting others, through my three doorways. May I never get tired of doing so. ?

  12. Sarah on Nov 6, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    It is true that a Buddha’s body, with the 32 major and 80 minor auspicious marks, is like a road map to enlightenment. These marks are the results of aeons of spiritual practice and are fully visible only to other enlightened beings. But as can be seen in the pictures shown in the article, these marks are represented in statues and paintings of the Buddha. The aim is to plant seeds of enlightenment in the those who look at the statues or images. In “Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand,” Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche said that “it is important to hold the attitude that Buddha statues are real buddhas.” Because to do so is to create the cause to see the bodies of the Buddha directly. As Pabongka Rinpoche said, “It is 16 times more beneficial to look at a representation of a buddha than to look at the real thing.” Through practice, it will be possible to see the bodies of a Buddha directly: “We see buddhas made of clay, brass, and so on, but when we gain the single-pointed concentration called “the stream of Dharma,” we will see supreme nirmanakayas [emanated bodies]. And when we reach the 1st of the ten bodhisattva levels, we will meet the sambhogakayas [enjoyment bodies] in person.”

    According to H.E. Tsem Rinpoche, “Creating sacred Buddha images is a practice dating to over 2,500 years old.  Buddha images represent the full enlightenment of a Buddha. The total omniscience and qualities of a Buddha is represented in any form of any Buddha (Chenresik, Tsongkapa, Tara, etc.). To see, feel, visualize, connect and remember any form of the Buddha plants seeds of enlightenment in one’s consciousness to be triggered open at a later date.”

    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin for sharing.

  13. dev thapa on Nov 6, 2018 at 9:57 am

    buddha was born in Nepal

  14. Jason on Nov 5, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Amazing!

  15. Samfoonheei on Nov 5, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Its an interesting and informative article sharing with us. After reading this article I came to realise I have plenty to know. I get to understand a little much more knowledge of the Body of a Buddha. The details of the 32 marks and there are teachings of each mark. Most of the description of the marks, causes are new to me, such as long fingers and toes, soles of the feet are level, Buddha having hair from each pore and so forth. Great knowledge. Its a blessing just by looking at a image of a Buddha .
    Thank you Rinpoche and Martin Chow for this GREAT sharing.

  16. Datuk May on Nov 3, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    It had been taught and many of us, Buddhists, believe that it is a blessing to gaze at a Buddha image. This is the reason why benevolent beings would donate or sponsor the installation of huge Buddha images in prominent places for devotees to be blessed on sighting such holy images. It is also taught that huge Buddha images installed at high places would also bless the space with peace and harmony.

    However to understand the holy 112 marks of the Buddha was never as clearly indicated as in this article. What impacted me with this learning is the teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha that all human beings can achieve Buddhahood if we try hard enough. This is shown as Shakyamuni Buddha attained Buddhahood in the form of a human being.

    As Martin has penned in this article, the Buddha not only taught us the Dharma but also manifested His teachings in a physical form.

    With great appreciation to Rinpoche and Martin for this great education.

  17. Tsa Tsa Ong on Nov 3, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Simply interesting and educational write up in point form on the The Body of a Buddha: A Road Map to Liberation.? And the importance of self – discipline to hold our vows,commitments, actions, speech and mind in our spiritual practice in order to have the perfect qualities of the Buddha in our future lives. May i have the attitude to practice these perfect teachings from Buddha, Prince Siddhartha Gautama to liberation and benefit others. Thank you very much Rinpoche and Martin for this wonderful article and hope for more great articles to come on the blog to benefit more people ?????

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    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:08 PM
    Momo is a dumpling made of all-purpose flour and filled with either meat or vegetables. Inspired by Tibetan dumplings, the dish is a very popular Nepali street food. It is one of my favourite foods. Last year while in Kathmandu I am fortunate given the opportunity to learn and made vegetarian Momos.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing as it reminds me of trip there visiting some of the Holiest sites and trying my hand making momos then.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/making-nepalese-momos.html
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    Bouddha, also known as Boudhanath, is a stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal which is located about 11 km from outskirts of Kathmandu. Its massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal and the world. The Boudhanath Stupa pyramid is coated with over 60 pounds of gold, is one of the largest and one of the most significant Buddhist monuments in the world. This great Stupa is home to precious relics and this semi-circular structure stands out with its majestic mandala, recognized by UNESCO in 1979 as a World Heritage Site. The Boudhanath is the most sacred sites in Tibetan Buddhism outside of Tibet, reflecting the cosmological tenets of Buddhism. Was there last year June joining thousands of pilgrims circumambulate the stupa.
    The aerial view of this Boudhanath Stupa is magnificent indeed. Looking merely at the pictures is a blessing.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/aerial-view-of-bodha-stupa.html
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    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:04 PM
    Shanti Stupa in Pokhara was built by Nipponzan-Myōhōji monk Morioka Sonin with local supporters under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii, a Buddhist monk and the founder of Nipponzan-Myōhōji
    A famous site where locals as well as foreign tourists will go there throughout the year. One have to climb 400 steep steps to get to the Pagoda, it was worth the climb, as its situated on the Anadu Hill at the height of 1100 meters.
    Shanti Stupa shrine was built as a symbol of peace designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds, and to help unite them in their search for world peace. It has also become a tourist attraction as it provides a panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Pokhara city and Fewa Lake. The white pagoda has two tiers for tourists and religious visitors to circumambulate. Its location on the hilltop provides a splendid view of sunrise and sunset for visitors. Hopefully I could visit this amazing Holy site soon.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/art-architecture/pokhara-stupa.html
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    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:04 PM
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    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing and teachings.

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    I am fortunate to have visited this Holy caves while at Kathmandu last year.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing .

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/puja-at-naropas-cave-kathmandu-nepal.html
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    Saturday, Apr 20. 2024 04:00 PM
    The Lord Buddha was born in 623 BC in the sacred area of Lumbini, southern Nepal.Lumbini is one of the world’s most important spiritual sites for the Buddhist pilgrims from around the world. The site is a popular place of Buddhist pilgrimage for many yearly. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. The tranquility, aura and peace that we would experience in Lumbini makes it among the most holy places to visit in the world. I am fortunate going to this holiest place of Buddha birthplace last year with my Dharma brothers and sisters .It is the place where, according to Buddhist tradition, worth visiting
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/external-article/the-birth-palace-of-gautam-buddha
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    Thank you Rinpoche with folded hands,

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/courtesans-of-ancient-india.html
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    As for me I have not experience as such before as least i know now what i can to do.
    Thank you Vinnie Tan for sharing. Interesting read of these stories related to sleep paralysis.

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    Interesting read of the short biography of Ven. Geshe Kunchok Gyaltsen, the author of Mass of Vajra Fire.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/mass-of-vajra-fire-invocation-of-the-mighty-dorje-shugden.html
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    We are fortunate that everything Rinpoche did brought tremendous benefit to all sentient beings. Whatever prayers Rinpoche has composed are especially potent with blessings.
    Thank you Rinpoche and writers for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/holy-prayers-to-invoke-the-divine.html
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    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/animals-vegetarianism/dogs-in-tibetan-monasteries.html
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    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:31 PM
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    Thank you Rinpoche for this great sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/venerable-ajahn-chah-the-forest-monk.html
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    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Antionette for this detailed sharing,

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kalarupa.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Friday, Mar 15. 2024 07:27 PM
    Nepal is a very spiritual country, having a huge Dorje Shugden mural in Kathmandu, is indeed a big achievement for Kechara. Located on Charkhal Road in Dilli Bazaar, the mural can be found midway between our two Dorje Shugden chapels which are in Putalisadak and Chabahil. It is also very close to one of Kathmandu’s largest shopping malls. Many locals , tourist will be able to connect them to a powerful deity that is so closely associated with their culture. Well the mural not only beautiful but also full of symbolism and everyone merely by seeing it is blessed. Thanks to those talented artists and generous sponsors making it a success.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/travel/spectacular-dorje-shugden-mural-in-kathmandu-nepal.html

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Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
1 week ago
Mr. Cheah Fook Wan offered lights and incense to The Three Jewels prior to the puja in Ipoh. (KISG - Kin Hoe)
Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
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Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations on Sunday afternoon in Ipoh. (KISG- Kin Hoe)
Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
3 weeks ago
Powerful Dorje Shugden puja @ Jalan Seang Tek, Penang. Every Saturday, 3 pm. Remove obstacles and grant blessings to fulfil wishes. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta. 6th April 2024
Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
4 weeks ago
Rejoice to the volunteers (also kind sponsors) who cleaned the Gyenze Chapel and made abundant offerings to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
4 weeks ago
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
4 weeks ago
Offered beautiful flowers abundantly to Gyenze. ~ Alice
Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
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Our weekly Dorje Shugden Puja @ 23/3/2024 . William, as the umze is seen here burning incense powder as we are about to recite the Sangsol Prayer to Dorje Shugden composed by Ganden Serkong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
1 month ago
And here's Mr Wong of KSK Ipoh who dropped by to pray and offered some donation to the Chapel. Kechara Penang Study Group. Pic by Siew Hong & uploaded by Jacinta.
Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
1 month ago
Today's puja (16/3/2024) ended around 420pm, Jacinta was the umze of the day. Pic by Siew Hong. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
1 month ago
Group photo taken after the last session, sealed with King of Prayers. Come and join us next time! Sayonara - 9-10th March 2024 - Kechara Penang DS Retreat by Jacinta.
Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
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Abundance altar! Fruits, flowers, Mee Koo (traditional Penang buns), Bee Hoon, sourdoughs and snacks are some of the offerings to Rinpoche, Buddhas & Bodhisattvas. Kechara Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat 9-10th March, 2024 by Jacinta.
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
1 month ago
Siew Hong, one of retreatants and an active member of Kechara Penang group proudly presented her torma to be used during the Kalarupa puja. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
1 month ago
Torma making was taught by Pastor Seng Piow and held one day before the retreat. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
1 month ago
Penang Dorje Shugden Retreat cum Puja, 9-10th March 2024 led by Pastor Seng Piow with 12 retreatants. Uploaded by Jacinta
The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
2 months ago
The celebration ended with a Dorje Shugden puja, dedicated to all the sponsors, our loved ones and as well as for the happiness & good health for all sentient beings. May Rinpoche return swiftly too and taking this opportunity wishing all Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai from all of us, Kechara Penang Study Group. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
2 months ago
Seen here, Pastor Seng Piow set off firecrackers - welcoming of the upcoming year with enthusiasm and positive energy. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
2 months ago
In this pic, Pastor Seng Piow is sharing Dharma with newbies ~ Sharyn's friends. It's always good to make light offerings at the beginning of new year. By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
2 months ago
One the day of Losar (new lunar year), it is always beneficial for Buddhist practitioners to get together in making abundant offerings to Buddhas on the altar to usher in goodness, prosperity and well-being of our loved ones. It's more auspicious this year as Losar and the Chinese New Year begin on the same date, 10th Feb, 2024. Back in Penang, our Kechara members came together to decorate the altar with abundance offerings for Dorje Shugden puja @3pm. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
3 months ago
Mr. Dared Lim was offering water bowls on behalf of Kechara Ipoh Study Group. (Kin Hoe)
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
3 months ago
Jun from Ipoh was offering mandarin oranges to Mother Tara and The Three Jewels. (Kin Hoe)
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
3 months ago
Prior to our puja in Ipoh, Mr. & Mrs. Cheah Fook Wan were preparing for the offerings to the Buddhas. (Kin Hoe)
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
3 months ago
On Sunday afternoon, Kechara Ipoh Study Group has carried out Mother Tara prayer recitations in Ipoh. (Kin Hoe)
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
3 months ago
Some of the best shots taken during Thaipusam in Penang. Swee Bee, Huey, Tang KS, Nathan, Choong SH and Jacinta volunteered. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
3 months ago
Simple yet powerful ally ~ Bhagawan Dorje Shuden. Kechara Penang Study Group consists of Chien Seong, Hue, Choong SH, Tang KS, Swee Bee and Jacinta. Wai Meng came all the way from KL to help out. Uploaded by Jacinta.
Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
3 months ago
Thaipusam in Penang. Some of the best shots. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta
Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
3 months ago
Nothing beats having a sacred audience with our lineage lamas. It's not selfie or wefie, but we have the best 'groufie'!!! 20th Jan 2024, Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
3 months ago
Welcoming our lineage Gurus to our Penang Chapel today! Pastor Seng Piow explained the significance of having Guru Tree and introduced to us our lineage lamas, Buddhas, deities, protectors and etc.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
Umze for the day was Siew Hong. She's just been with us for slightly more than a year now but she's proven her capability in leading the puja. Our Penang group members are so proud of her and her commitment in attending the weekly puja. Despite being eloquence and smart, she has beautiful chant as well. When she leads, make sure you are there to hear her chant for yourself! Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
4 months ago
Tara Recitation is on now at KISG - Wai Meng
Photo from Wan Wai Meng
4 months ago
Photo from Wan Wai Meng
A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/\_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
A sea of yellow ~usually in Tibetan Buddhism yellow represents growth. We prayed that our Penang group will grow in terms of people, wealth and attainments too. _/_ Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed.  Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
4 months ago
After Dorje Shugden puja @3pm, we had Rinpoche's Swift Return puja too. We laughed as Sis Swee Bee was commenting that Tang should smile ~ here's the reason why we laughed. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta Goh
4 months ago
Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
Today's (9/12/2023)Dorje Shugden puja led by Gordon. Kechara Penang Study Group by Jacinta.
4 months ago
4 months ago
Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
5 months ago
Dharma sharing by Hue before we proceeded with DS puja & Rinpoche Swift Return puja. Hue is one of the long time Kechara Penang members and he comes to puja regularly. He shared that he truly believes that Dorje Shugden and Rinpoche always there guiding him. He shared how sometimes DS will give him hints to avert troubles ahead or to alert him when he 'misbehaved'. Hope many will come to know more about this powerful Dharma Protector, Dorje Shugden aka DS. Having Dorje Shugden is like having a powerful ally that will protect us day and night. Just trust Him and have faith. Kechara Penang Study Group, 25/11/2023 by Jacinta.
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