Representations of the Buddha
Over the years, Buddhism has emerged as one of the strongest religions across the world. Apart from Christianity and Islam, Buddhism has many followers who believe in the compassion of Buddha and their purity before their god. Based on the images, Buddha is represented as a simple and accessible faith that was ready to accommodate people from different cultural settings. It also offered people the freedom to choose what was right in their own way. Therefore, the paper will evaluate how the images presented in the representations of Buddha show the blending of Buddhism into the variety of cultural settings.
The visual sources of the footprint images indicate the people who lived in the Northwest India during the Second Century C.E. The footprint images combined the various Buddhist images. The main foot known as the dharmachaka was drawn as a wheel that indicated the longest symbol of the Buddha teaching. However, it was surrounded by a lotus flower that implied the purity of the Buddhists. In addition, it had healed with three-pronged emblem. The pronged emblem implied that the Buddhists could capture other people, teachings, and the entire community. This represents one of the symbols of the Buddha that shows how the Buddhist was ready to learn different cultural values from other people. The three-pronged indicated that the Indians had the ability to capture other people including their cultures and values. Moreover, in the first century C.E, the symbols of the Buddha were represented in human in order to form commercial ties with the Roman Empire. For instance, their early symbols can be seen to reflect the ancient Roman influence across the different European nations. Thus, the symbols of the Buddhists were relevant in recognizing superior cultures and beliefs such as the Roman influence.
During the time of Gupta dynasty, the Roman Empire had strong influences in the Indians across the Asia due to its mediation practices and the acceptance of the accessible supernatural figures to diverse people. The Buddhism faith was willing to accept people from the different cultures across the world since the Buddhists made their supernatural being accessible through its easy spiritual way for everyone. The faith offered a blending of the Buddhists with other cultural settings as all sorts of people were allowed to become Buddhists. For instance, the image of Gandhara Buddha reveals how Mara and his daughters tempted Buddha. This is important expression that Budhha was ready to interact with anyone. The reliability and accessibility of Buddhism was able to offer spiritual freedom to different people from diverse cultural settings. Most importantly, Mahayana expressed the religion as compassionate. Most of the images have also been shaped to indicate how Buddha was willing to assist people from different cultures. Therefore, the images representing Buddhists and their lives show how the Buddhists were open to people from different cultural settings.
In summary, the evidence from the images depicts the blending of Buddhism with the different cultural settings. In the second century B.C, people were searching for an acceptable supernatural figure that could offer solace. Buddha was available and accessible to accept people from the different cultures. This led to the growth of Buddhism across the world as more people were willing to join the faith, more so the Indians. Based on the different images, it is clear that the Buddhists were focusing on blending the different cultural settings to promote their religion.