Physical characteristics of a buddha
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Physical characteristics of a Buddha - all buddhas are said to possess the following physical characteristics:
- Mahapurusalaksana - thirty-two major marks of a great man
- Minor marks of a great person - eighty minor marks
Within Buddhist cosmology, these thirty-two major marks and eighty minor marks of are physical attributes possessed by both buddhas and chakravartins.
However, according to Gateway to Knowledge, the major and minor marks of the Buddha are superior to those of the Chakravartin, in that the marks on the Buddha are more clear and distinct. Also, the Buddha has a few marks that are not found on the Chakravartin, such as the protuberance on the crown of the Buddha's head.
- ↑ Buswell & Lopez 2014, s.v. Buddha.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Mipham Rinpoche 2002, s.v. paragraphs 21.149-150.
- Buswell, Robert E.; Lopez, Donald S. (2014), The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, Princeton University
- Mipham Rinpoche (2002), Gateway to Knowledge, vol. III, translated by Kunsang, Erik Pema, Rangjung Yeshe Publications