1. Religion & Spirituality
Send to a Friend via Email

Buddha: Man, Ideal, Symbol

The word Buddha means many things -- a person from Asian history; an ideal of enlightenment; a symbol of wisdom, compassion and absolute reality. Here is an exploration of the many facets of Buddha.
  1. Life of Gautama Buddha (5)

What's a Buddha?
The Buddha is pictured in many ways, and the word Buddha is used to mean many things. Just who or what is a Buddha?

The Laughing Buddha
When Westerners think of Buddha, usually they picture the short, fat, bald version, not the austere and serious meditating Buddha. Where did the Laughing Buddha come from?

Ten Names for Buddhas
These are the traditional ten titles or epithets for a Buddha.

The Trikaya
The Mahayana doctrine of Trikaya -- the three bodies of Buddha -- teaches us about the nature of enlightenment, the nature of existence, and the way a Buddha manifests in the world.

The Buddha and His Message, Past, Present and Future
A lecture on the Buddha's life and teachings given by by the Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi at the United Nations.

Karen Armstrong: The Life of the Buddha
Karen Armstrong is a popular religious historian whose biography of the Buddha was a best-seller. She discusses the Buddha's life and influence in an interview published in The Atlantic.

The Buddha's Life: Readings From the Pali Canon
A selection of excerpts from the Pali Canon (Tripitaka), the earliest written record of the life of the Buddha.

Life of the Buddha Depicted in Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York presents an online gallery of art illustrating the life of the Buddha.

Shakyamuni Buddha
Shakyamuni Buddha is name often given to the historical Buddha. This article discusses the significance of the name Shakyamuni.

The Thirty-Two Marks of a Buddha
The 32 Marks of a Buddha are characteristics said to distinguish Buddhas from ordinary people.

You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.