Eleventh Great Deed: Visiting Trayastrimsa Heaven
Shakyamuni Buddha returning from Trayatrimsa, the 'Heaven of the Thirty-three.' The supreme gods of the Hindu pantheon, Indra and Brahma, accompany him down the staircase to a certain point but no further. The Buddha continues the descent to earth alone, where he is greeted by a vast crowd who had assembled in anticipation of his return at the ancient village of Sankisa.
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The Lotus Sutra, or “Lotus of the Good Law,” is a Buddhist text which is regarded as the exemplary by the Japanese Tendai sect. Within its content, it informs the followers the way Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha, and how he became a divine and eternal Buddha, who attained “enlightenment” many aeons ago
SURYA MANDALA Worship of planetary deities was important in Nepali buddhism in the fourteen centuries and appears to have declined thereafter. The central figure in this mandala is the sun god, Surya, who holds two lotuses and rides a chariot pulled by seven horses, accompanied by Four consorts. The eight planetary deities surround the chariot in a circle, again surrounded by a larger circle containing twenty-eight figures- representing the main constellations and astral mansions-around the ecli
Buddha Shakyamuni and Scenes of His Previous Lives (Jataka Tales) | Tibet | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Buddha Sakyamuni and Scenes of His Previous Lives (Jataka Tales) Date: 1573–1619 Culture: Tibet Medium: Distemper on cloth Dimensions: Image: 28 3/8 x 18 7/8 in. (72 x 48 cm) Framed: 41 x 28 1/8 in. (104.1 x 71.4 cm) Classification: Paintings