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Images of the Buddha

Mrs Upton, Here is part of Jesselyn's and Clara's RE Project Assessment. Just click on the arrows to go to the next or last slide. For full screen click on the button in the bottom right corner. To go back to small screen click again.
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Jess Whiteside

on 19 April 2013

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The Hat... Or is that the Head? The strange topknot on Buddha's head- it IS part of his head- is supposed to act like a candle which represents "The Enlightened One". When The first Buddha -who was not a Buddha at the time, went to the Bodi Tree, he sat there. And sat. And sat. And then God spoke to him. After that he left the Bodi Tree and he was enlightened because he now knew the answer to the problem of suffering in the world. So that strange lump on Buddha's head is not a strange lump at all. It's a candle showing that Buddha is indeed enlightened. Why does Buddha look the way he (or she) does?
What does it all mean? Images of the Buddha See those long ears? They are there for a reason! That reason is not to fit plenty of earings or to hang out with elephants. Those long ears mean... WISDOM! Buddhas are very wise, and they use their ears to show this- and their minds to prove it. The Hands. Like, why all the weird poses? So those hands... why are they always in weird positions? That's meditation... stilling of the mind. So the hand positions are meditation. But what do they mean? Well... You may have noticed those ears... And no, Buddha is not half-elephant. This man is wise. See his long earlobes? I told you he was wise. But those hands! What do they mean? DO NOT TAKE NOTES!!!!! You might want to remember this one especially! And the spiky thing underneath Buddha... Whats that? That 'spiky thing' is actually a lotus flower, like the one below. The lotus flower also represents enlightenment because the change when a lotus flower goes from a bud to an open flower is like when someone is not, and then becomes,
enlightened. See? From closed to open. From not knowing the answer to the problem of suffering in the world, to becoming enlightened. So you see that all these hand positions actually mean different things! There are actually even more... These positions are called Mudras. The First Buddha Lastly, we should tell you about the first Buddha. His name- before it became 'Buddha'- was Siddhartha. He was a prince. But he wanted to find the answer to the problem of suffering in the world. So he set off. Anyway, (as I said before) Siddhartha went and sat under the Bodi tree and when he left he was enlightened because he knew the answer. But that is Buddha's story which I'm sure you'll learn another time. The main thing is, The first Buddha's name was Siddhartha.
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