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Unformatted text preview: 1.8 A STORY OF A BUDDHA IMAGE 39 71¬°< L ifF StorR o¬Ę The legend of the Buddha does not end with hIs death. As we have jUst seen, Tl¬£¬§' j;ud¬° relIcs and the stOpas enshrInIng them were a means of rememberIng the ¬Ęl¬£¬§ Its ¬•¬¶a¬ß¬£¬®¬©t¬™¬ę\¬¨¬≠ Buddha after his pariniRv¬°¬Ęa¬£ bUt they were not the only ones¬§ As centers of BuddhIst pILgrimage developed and BuddhIst devotIonal art floUrIshed¬• devo- tees found additIonal ways of recalling the presence of the Blessed ¬¶ne¬ß At fIrst¬® in art¬© he and the p¬™aces where he had been were represented by sym¬ę bols such as footsteps¬• thrones¬£ trees¬¨ wheels of the Dharma¬• and the lIke¬≠ bUt eventually¬£ af¬ģer a numbe¬Į of centu¬ĮIes¬• anthroPomo¬Įphic Images and statues of hIm came to the fore¬į Scholars have much debated the IssUe of when (probably around the fIrst centu¬Ī C.E¬ģ ) , where (probably In noR¬ģhwestern ¬≤ndIa)¬£ and by whom the fI¬Įst Images of the Buddha were made¬≥ but BuddhIst legends dId not hesitate to assert that depictIons of hIm had already been fashIoned dUring his lIfetIme¬ī ¬ĶhUs the famous sandalwood Image of KIng ¬∂dr¬°yaQa is saId to have been c¬∑¬łved by artIsts so that people could venerate It wh¬Ļle the BUddha himself was absent In one of the heavens¬® preachIng the Dharma to his mothe¬Į and the assembled deItIes¬ļ Such an image was clearly seen as a substItute fo¬Į the Buddha in hIs absence and was itself thoUght to be "alIve¬Ľ In a variety of ways¬ľ Stories are told of Its standing up¬Ĺ preaching the Dharma¬ĺ makIng conve¬Ņs¬≠ and so on. √Än the followIng tale√Ā the image featUred is also a sandalwood Image√ā but one made by KIng √ÉasenadI of Kosala so that the InhabItants of √Ąr¬°vast√Ö w√Ül¬™ have somethIng to worship when the Buddha is out of town. As the sto¬łY makes clear√á however√ą the image is destIned to become something mo¬Įe than that once the Buddha becomes permanently √Čabsent√ä √čn parInirv√Ć¬Ęa√ć One day, the Blessed One¬° seeing some persons in this world who were ready for conversion¬Ę left the great Jetavana Monastery and went to their country in order to preach to the¬£. Just then¬Ę however¬§ King Pasenadi of Kosala decided to visit the Buddha¬• Together with his Men¬¶ he took soMe perfuMes¬° garlands¬¶ and other things needed for worship¬¶ left the city and, in the ¬£idst of a Large entourage, went to the Jetavana¬ß Not finding the Buddha in residence there¬¶ he becaMe pertUrbed and...
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- Buddhism, Gautama Buddha, Mahayana, Buddhahood