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Unformatted text preview: 1.8 A STORY OF A BUDDHA IMAGE 39 71< L ifF StorR o 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 l Its at\ Buddha after his pariniRva 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 At fIrst in art he and the paces where he had been were represented by sym bols such as footsteps thrones trees wheels of the Dharma and the lIke bUt eventually afer a numbe of centuIes anthroPomophic Images and statues of hIm came to the fore Scholars have much debated the IssUe of when (probably around the fIrst centu C.E ) , where (probably In noRhwestern ndIa) and by whom the fIst 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 hUs the famous sandalwood Image of KIng dryaQa is saId to have been cved by artIsts so that people could venerate It whle the BUddha himself was absent In one of the heavens preachIng the Dharma to his mothe and the assembled deItIes Such an image was clearly seen as a substItute fo the Buddha in hIs absence and was itself thoUght to be "alIve In a variety of ways Stories are told of Its standing up preaching the Dharma makIng conves and so on. n the followIng tale the image featUred is also a sandalwood Image but one made by KIng asenadI of Kosala so that the InhabItants of rvast wl have somethIng to worship when the Buddha is out of town. As the stoY makes clear however the image is destIned to become something moe than that once the Buddha becomes permanently absent n parInirva One day, the Blessed One seeing some persons in this world who were ready for conversion left the great Jetavana Monastery and went to their country in order to preach to the. Just then 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 Not finding the Buddha in residence there he becaMe pertUrbed and...
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