Events in the Life of Buddha Sakyamurni
An agonizing world filled with hatred and rage is a world
A painful world filled with greed, desires and madness
is a world of
A world of ungrateful, dishonorable, corrupt and shameless
people is a world
The Buddha was born to bring reconciliations and
resolutions to these Three Worlds.
There are numerous paintings
and sculptures that depict the life of Buddha Shakyamuni.All
the photographs in this book were shot in Yuanheng Temple,
Kaoshiong. Yuanheng Temple was built in the reign of Emperor
Qianglong of the Qing dynasty. It is one of the few remaining
historical temples in Taiwan. Its original name Yuanxing
Temple has since been changed to Yuanheng Temple. The
style of the architectural design was delicately simple
and subtly elegant. In 1973, Venerable Pumiao led followers
to finish the building of the main cultivation hall where
the main statue of Buddha Shakyamuni is respectfully placed.
On the inside and outside of the main hall, there are
sculptures of the life of the Buddha. There are thirty-two
sculptures in total. All the sculptures were created in
styles that portray solemn magnificence.
Of the thirty-two sculptures, the 24th and 27th are
partly hidden from the camera due to their location. Hence
the sculptures can only be presented partially here. All
captions for the sculptures are the original explanations.
Minor footnotes were added for clarification purpose.
目 錄 C
O N T E N T S
Teaching in the Tusita Heaven, Anticipating
the Descent to Earth.
2 白象托夢 摩耶感胎
The White Elephant Dream,
Maya Felt the Conception of the Buddha.
3 藍毘尼園 太子降生
Lumbini Park, the Birth
of the Buddha.
4 仙人占相 預言成佛
Astrology Reading, Prophecy
5 太子命名 首布福田
Naming Ceremony, the First
Offering to the Field of Blessings.
6 允文允武 藝冠全印
Master of Civil and Military
Affairs, Champion of All India.
7 太子完婚 耶輸相伴
Wedding of the Prince; Princess
Yasodhara with the Prince.
8 遊觀四門 悲睹四苦
At the Four Gates, the
Prince Witnessed the Four Miseries.
9 捨妻離子 決定出家
Biding Farewell to His
Son and Wife; Prince Siddhartha Leaving the Palace.
10 星夜飛騎 追求真理
Riding on a Starry Night
in Search of the Truth.
11 削髮棄俗 著乞士服
Cutting Off His Hair, Prince Siddhartha
Renounced the Secular World
and Put on the Robe of a Mendicant.
12 志堅意決 六年苦修
With Determination, the
Prince Lived Six Years in Austerity.
13 淨塵去垢 牧女獻乳
The Prince Wiping Off the
Dust and Washing Away the Dirt,
the Shepherdess Offering Rice Milk.
14 誤會太子 五侍求離
Misunderstanding the Prince,
the Five Attendants Left Him.
15 誓成佛道 智伏群魔
Vowing to Attain Buddhahood, the
Prince Conquered the Army of Demons.
16 夜見明星 成等正覺
Looking up at the Bright
Stars, He Became the Fully Enlightened One.
17 富商獻供 天王呈缽
The Rich Made Offerings,
the Heavenly King Offered Alms Bowl.
18 梵天請法 甘露門開
Brahmadeva Invited Buddha
to Preach, thus the Door of Nourishing Dews Opened.
19 初轉法輪 度五比丘
At the First Turn of the Dharma
Wheel, the Five Former Attendants were Converted.
20 智度耶舍 僧團建立
Yasas was Converted, Order
of Monks Established.
21 引三迦葉 歸正覺門
Leading the Three Kasyapa
Brothers to the Right Awakening.
22 王城說法 祇園演教
Preaching at Rajagha, Teaching
at Jetavana Park.
23 返迦毘國 度弟難陀
Back to Kapilavastu and
Redeemed his Cousin, Nanda.
24 阿難眾等 投入僧團
Ananda and Others Joined
25 提婆達多 害佛毀教
Devadatta Tried to Harm
the Buddha and Destroy Buddhism.
26 佛度姨母 尼眾始有
Buddha Ordained his Aunt,
the Beginning of Bikhunnis.
27 父王駕崩 說法荼毘
Death of King Suddhodana
, Buddha Spoke at the Jhapita Ritual.
28 忉利說法 報佛母恩
Preaching at the Trayatrimsha
Heaven, Repaying his Mother’s Gratitute.
29 天宮下降 弟子迎駕
Descending to Earth, Welcomed
by his Disciples.
30 鴦崛摩羅 遇佛得度
Angulimalya Saved by the
31 娑羅雙樹 大般涅槃
At the Twin Sala Trees
at Salavana, the Buddha Entered Mahaparinirvana.
32 分祀舍利 人天爭供
Distributing the Sarira,
Human and Celestial Realms Fought to Obtain the Sarira.
All Thirty-Two lmages in
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