Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Shakyamuni Buddha - Avadana (teaching stories)

ཤཱཀྱ་ཐུབ་པ། 释迦牟尼佛
(item no. 24080)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Karma (Kagyu) and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Buddha

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Avadana Stories 34 to 38.

Painting #10 [9] containing stories 34-38. (Comparables: HAR #30, #89106).
34. The Nagas Nanda and Upananda, Maudgalyayana subdues two troublesome nagas.
35. The Householder Sudatta, several stories about the virtue of pure generosity.
36. Ghosila, The Honest official, further stories about the virtue of gift giving.
37. Purna's Power of Virtue, an illegitimate child grows up, renounces worldly life, becomes a monk and then an arhat.
38. Mukapangu, The Idiot Cripple, a prince is faced with many difficulties while trying to become a monk.

[Story names from Leaves of the Heaven Tree, the Great Compassion of the Buddha by Padma Chopel, 19th century. (Based on the Bodhisattvavadanakalpata of Kshemendra, 11th century). Translated by Deborah Black. Berkeley: Dharma Publishing, 1997].

Jeff Watt 2-2016

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