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baxiang (八相) refers to "eight episodes" in the life of any buddha that are identified in East Asian Buddhism.[1]

The eight episodes are:[1]

  1. descending from Tushita heaven to undertake a final life as a bodhisattva
  2. entering the mother’s womb,
  3. taking birth,
  4. renunciation (leaving his family to become a monk)
  5. overcoming Mara,
  6. turning the wheel of the dharma (dharmacakrapravartana), and
  7. passing into parinirvana.

There are alternate versions of this list.

See also