how do we know what the buddha looked like?

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Re: how do we know what the buddha looked like?

Post by Zom » Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:32 pm

We know that the Buddha was bald.
Also, as seen from the suttas, Buddha didn't differ too much in appearance from other monks; some people couldn't recognize him.

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Re: how do we know what the buddha looked like?

Post by Dmytro » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:30 am

diamind wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:22 pm
Did buddha ever say NOT to make images of him?
There are statements to this effect in Kalingabodhi Jataka:

viewtopic.php?f=19&t=32666&p=485197#p485172
viewtopic.php?f=19&t=32666&p=485197#p485197

In Samantapasadika:
https://books.google.com/books?id=mYYWb ... 6&lpg=PA66
In Chapter 48 of the Vinaya of the Sarvaastivaadins (3) there is a long passage which deals with the decoration of monasteries. Anaathapi.n.dika says to Buddha: 'World-honoured one, if images of yours are not allowed to be made, pray may we not at least make images of Bodhisattvas(4) in attendance upon you?' Buddha then grants this permission.
http://ccbs.ntu.edu.tw/FULLTEXT/JR-MEL/waley.htm

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Re: how do we know what the buddha looked like?

Post by Manopubbangama » Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:16 pm

I always pictured him somewhat like Daniel Day Lewis - tall, blue eyes, dark hair.

That being said, his Indo-Iranian ancestors probably looked like many Iranians today, at least that is my conjecture.

http://guardianlv.com/wp-content/upload ... thans1.jpg

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