The Life Story Of Buddha From History In-traditional Painting Thangka
The life story of buddha in history begins,In the 2,500 years from the time historical Buddha lived, his story has been told countless times and his teachings became the basis for one of the world’s great religions – Buddhism. Time actually magnified his imprint even though specific details of his life and speeches may remain sketchy. There is a traditional painting Thangka that has been painted a long time ago regarding the life events of Buddha and it is one of the most important subject to paint on thangka. The painting consists of 12 different main stages of Buddha’s life, narrating about his life from his birth to his death. The Life Story Of Buddha From History In-traditional Painting Thangkaa
- Descent from Tushita Heaven:
In Buddhism there are multiple heavenly realms. Like other realms, Tushita can be reached through meditation. It is the realm where Siddhartha Gautama resided as a fully realized Buddha before coming to earth. . His name there was Shvetaketu (“White Banner”). From here he witnessed the dark ages deluging the human realm, leading to its spiritual impoverishment. Moved to compassion like a true bodhisattva, he committed to manifest himself in the sentient world and alleviate people from their sufferings.
- Queen Maya’s Dream:
According to Buddhist legend, Mayadevi, Buddha’s mother, was married to Suddhodan, a king of Kapilvastu. The bodhisattva’s descent from the Tushita heaven occurred as a dream to Mayadevi. In this dream, a white elephant come near and touched her right side with its trunk. Through this symbolic act, the bodhisattva entered the womb of Mayadevi and impregnated her.
- Birth of the Buddha
Following the tradition, when Mayadevi became pregnant she went to live with her father to give birth to the child. However along the way she started to feel labor and according to legend, Buddha was born from the right arm pit of his mother in the middle of a garden of At the Immediate time on his birth, he stood up and took seven steps, and wherever his feet touched the earth lotuses appeared. Raising his hand he said, “Worlds above, worlds below, there’s no one in the world like me.” When the infant was brought to his father the prince was formally named Siddhartha Gautama. During celebrations over the child’s birth the king was visited by a seer as well as Brahmin scholars. All the predictions regarding the infant’s life suggested he would either become a great king or a great holy man.
- Accomplishment in Worldly Arts
As the son of the king, Siddhartha was provided with the finest upbringing. His life had abundant quantities of both opportunity and security. He received the finest education and mastered all lessons taught to him. His father was said to have shielded him from all human suffering and even from religious teachings as he wanted his son to ultimately become a king rather than a sage or holy man. In his younger years, he excelled in sports and other contests of skill. The hale and hearty training befitted the priming of a future monarch. He was said to especially excel on the horse and with the bow. Equally important to note is that Buddhist scripture suggests even at an early age Siddhartha felt the pursuit of material goods alone was not the ultimate purpose of life.
- The Four Encounters
Siddhartha was married through an arranged marriage to Yasodhara. Having been warned by the court astrologers that his son may well give it all up and choose the path of meditation, Buddha’s father tried his best to shade him from the unharmonious realities of life. When he left the boundaries of the palace, was exposed to human sufferings and pain for the first time. On these expeditions he saw death, old age, infirmity, and devout ascetics.
- The Renunciation of Worldly Life
Being so much concerned about the sufferings that every human has to go through, he completely lost his happiness. He was so keen to know more about the outer world and he really had a mindset of finding ways to liberate everyone from sufferings. Having made the decision, at the age of 29 Siddhartha abandoned his wife Yasodhara, son Rahul , kingdom and every possessions that he had. Siddhartha went by himself to search for the ways to liberate beings from sufferings.
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- The Six Years of Austerities
From the time Siddhartha left home at 29 until the age of 35 he practiced an extreme ascetic life. It was said that he consumed as little as a few seeds a day or even just one leaf. When Siddhartha embarked upon his ascetic life, he was accompanied by a group of five companions who together with him practiced severe austerities. He ate only a single grain of rice for each of the first two years, drank a single drop of water for each of the second two years, and took nothing at all during the last two. Ultimately, he became emaciated or skeletal. Collectively, they engaged in self-mortification, depriving them almost entirely of food as a means of seeking enlightenment. It is commonly said, one day Siddhartha fall down in a river after nearly starving himself to death. He was saved by a village girl named Sujata who fed him some porridge. It was this event, his resuscitation with food after practicing such extreme austerities that caused Siddhartha to reevaluate the ascetic life as a path that did not work. Ultimately, he realized the meditative path was correct and established what Buddhists commonly refer to as the Middle Way, which says one should not lead an overly indulgent life and meditation is the key to enlightenment and liberation. Upon the adoption of this path, his five followers abandoned him to continue with their devotion to austerity.
- Under the Bodhi Tree
Siddhartha discovered the Middle Way, and after he had regained his strength he wandered on his own and also gave some preaching to others that he had learned so far. After some time he made his way to a place named Gaya (currently Bodh Gaya ,India) and found a spot perfect for his meditation. There he sat under a Bodhi Tree and vowed to enter a meditative state and never to arise until he had discovered the ultimate truth about how to fully end mankind’s sufferings.
- The Defeat of Mara and The Enlightenment(Nirvana)
Hearing this solemn vow, Mara, the Buddhist manifestation of death and desire, felt threatened. Mara’s power over sentient beings originated from their attachment to luscious pleasures and the resulting fear of death which lead to intense suffering. Enlightenment would free Siddhartha from Mara’s control and provide an opportunity for others to free themselves also by imitating him. While in meditation, as Siddhartha was focused with laser-like clearness on the forces keeping humankind from an absolute awakening, the demon Mara attempted to both seduce and divert As he attempted to disturb the meditation, Mara had the demons shoot arrows and throw spears, hurl fire, and distract him in any way possible. Yet Siddhartha remained undisturbed and undeterred. All the negative actions of his tormentors are conquered and he becomes surrounded by the Four Noble Truths and a protective radiance. The Four Noble Truths, illustrated as jewels of green, red, blue and yellow in the radiance lead the way to a full understanding of Buddhism and ultimately peace of mind through the conquering of Dukkha, the craving and clinging to impermanence.
Jewel One represents Dukka itself;
Jewel Two, the origin of Dukkha;
Jewel Three, the cessation of Dukkha;
and Jewel Four, the actual path to the cessation of Dukka, which is mindfulness and meditation. As Siddhartha continued his meditation, Mara deserted his mission and Siddhartha shed the very last vestiges of ignorance and emerged as “Enlightened Buddha,” a fully enlightened being liberated from the endless cycle of birth and rebirth. This stage is also called “Nirvana”.
- The Proclamation of the Teachings
Having gained enlightenment, Siddhartha came to be called Shakyamuni, or the silent lion, indicating the explosive potential he carried within himself. He first went up to Sarnath near Varanasi where he met the five disciples with whom he had previously traversed the path of asceticism. Though they had deserted him after their failed experiment, the unearthly glow from his body now attracted them. Hearing his discourse, they became his first five followers. They started following Buddha and formed the first Sangha, or Buddhist community. Ultimately, the Sangha expanded and members traveled throughout the Indian sub-continent and the Himalayas expounding the Dharma, which can be simply interpreted as the teachings of the Buddha. It is said the original Sangha recorded the oral teachings of Buddha in the form of Sutras, discourses of various lengths.
- The Descent from the Trayatrimsa Heaven
Queen Mayadevi , after her death, was said to have been reborn in the Trayatrimsa Having attained enlightenment, Buddha decided to ascend to the Trayatrimsa heaven, literally the heaven of thirty-three gods, to visit his mother. The name ‘thirty-three’ derives from the fact that it is the habitation of the 33 gods of Hinduism, an ancient notion, having roots in Vedic thought. With three strides Buddha reached the heaven, where he preached before the divine congregation, including his mother, for several months. Then he descended to the land to fulfill his duty as a liberator.
- The Passage into Parinirvana
Traveling great distances to disseminate his teachings, Buddha finally reached the city of Kushinagar, where he asked his disciples to spread a couch for him in a grove. He lay there, reclining on his right side, facing west, with his head supported by his hand. Shakyamuni realized clearly that death was approaching.
His final words were “Behold, O monks, this is my last advice to you. All component things in the world are changeable. They are not lasting. Work hard to gain your own salvation.”
Towards midnight of that day, the event knownin Buddhist terminology as the Parinirvana, or “Final Nirvana,” took place. It was a full-moon night and also his 80th birthday. The Enlightened One passed through progressively higher planes of meditation until he reached into Parinirvana. Then toaday we are reading The Life Story Of Buddha from history.
This Painting where The Life Story Of Buddha from history are painted contains 24 carate Gold and have 12 different major stages of Buddha(sidhartha Gautama)
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