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A Summary Of The Seaed Buddha And Seated Buddha

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The principles, elements and structures of Buddhism have been practiced for hundreds of years. Artistic renditions of Buddha have also been portrayed in many different ways. Drawings, sculptures and statues are just a few of the many types of art forms created since the beginning of Buddhism. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has many different stylistic artworks that are exceptionally intriguing. In particular, I have chosen two pieces of artwork I consider to be most interesting. Both depict an image of Buddha from different time periods. This essay will compare and contrast “Seated Buddha” (image 1), a sculpture from the Gupta period, India, and “Seated Buddha” (image 2), a hard stone from the Qing Dynasty, China. By looking at these two images of Asian art, Seated Buddha from India and Seated Buddha from China, they are each associated with Buddhism and originated from one similar form. However, they are representative of two separate, major theologies throughout Asia: Theravada Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism images exclusive to each time period.
“Buddhism is the oldest worldwide religion. It is known to be a religion, a philosophy and a way of life.” The main idea, foundation and fundamentals of Buddhism were born 2,500 years ago in the foothills of India. Siddhartha Gautama was born into a royal family and raised as a prince in the Gupta period. He was always confined to the palace and was sheltered from the real world. As time went on, Siddhartha wanted to find out the meaning of life and his experiences through his journey created the practice of Buddhism. His first teaching as a Buddha was based on the doctrine of the four noble truths and along with the principle of the middle way, the eight fold path. Through oral tra...

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...useum of Art and all over the world, the two images I have chosen, “Seated Buddha” from India and “Seated Buddha” from China, reflect two images of Buddha from two different parts of Asia. They are representative of two different time periods and two different forms of Buddhism respectively. However these two images do in fact share similar roots to the original history of the beginning of Buddhism and the art that was created as the two distinctly different theologies evolved.
At an early age I was introduced to Buddhism in my world history class. We were immersed in the religion during our study of India and then again in China. Having greater understanding of the historical roots and evolution of the theology and philosophy in the originating countries provides a context that lends to a greater appreciation of the artwork and visual interpretations of the time.
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