It is believed that in this month and especially on full moon day is when Shakyamuni Buddha
took birth, achieved enlightenment and 'parinirvana' (death).
The Gandharan civilisation, which lasted from the 6th century BC to 5th century AD is credited with creating the first carved images of Shakyamuni Buddha
in stone, stucco, terra-cotta, and bronze, most of which were enshrined in monasteries and stupas in the region.
'Super beautiful country' is how Constantino described Bhutan, particularly after seeing the Buddha Dordenma, a gigantic statue of Shakyamuni Buddha
, made of bronze and gilded in gold, located in the mountains.
His Holiness the Dalia Lama has contributed to the relics of the historical Buddha (called Shakyamuni Buddha
, Gautama or Sidartha Buddha).
Prices soared; a buyer, reportedly from China's Fujian province, paid HK$116.6m ($20 million) for a large gilt bronze figure of the enthroned Shakyamuni Buddha
Another record was set by a massive Ming gilt-bronze figure of a seated Shakyamuni Buddha
, which went to a Chinese collector from Guangdong for $30.3 million.
The flower-exchange tradition comes from an old Buddhist story about Shakyamuni Buddha
, several lifetimes Before he became a Buddha.
Together the two thinkers draw on the wisdom of Shakyamuni Buddha
, Lao Tzu, Confucius, Aristotle, Socrates, and others to make a compelling case for philosophy as a means of helping people draw on their own inner strength to overcome suffering, live victoriously, and create value for the world.
However, Shakyamuni Buddha
explained karma according to three kinds of actions: bodily, verbal and mental (will).
said, "All sentient beings without exception have the Buddha-nature.
From this point onwards, "the image becomes the person and the story of Shakyamuni Buddha
" (Swearer, 2004: 109) with sheer absence paving way to an absolute presence.
Mahayana Buddhists believe that the historic Shakyamuni Buddha
was such a boddhisattva, one of many such enlightened beings who have assisted and continue to assist us in our quest for an end to suffering.