Reliefs on the Largest Buddha Temple in the World, Borobudur – part 1

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Top View of Borobudur temple

As on previous post: “What is the Largest Buddha Temple in the World?” That there are 3 important parts of temple.

We talking about reliefs now. At the body of the temple, we could find many reliefs. As said by Raezer and Raezer (2016), the total number of relief is 120 big pieces (around 1500 small panels).

Reliefs are sculptures on the wall (body) of the temple, they depicted:
- Buddha life (critical to understand the faith)
- the daily life of people surrounding the temple around 1,200 years ago.

Buddha life consists of:
- Buddha descend from the Tushita heaven
- Buddha enter Maya’s womb
- Maya travel to Lumbini
- Buddha cuts hair
- Buddha meditates with 5 ascetics
- Mara’s daughter tempt Buddha
- Siddhartha achieve enlightenment become Buddha
- Buddha gives first sermon

Relief of Buddha (Siddhartha) cut hair

Cutting hair is a symbol to embrace new (ascetic) life. Some said the symbol as represent of:
- Love
- Courage
- Sacrifice
- Discipline

Siddhartha cut his hair when he reached 29 years old while in the process to be Buddha. 

Since then, he cut the tie between his current life to his former status as a prince. 

Relief after meditation Siddhartha achieve enlightenment.

One process to become Buddha is meditation. Siddhartha meditated under the tree for 49 days or 7 weeks without changing position.

He “deeply absorbed in meditation” to penetrate the true of life. At this stage, he got enlightenment and then become Buddha.

Borobudur entrance

Observing reliefs on the temple wall is one of attractive reasons to visit Borobudur. The largest Buddha temple in the world.


Reference
Raezer, D and Raezer, J. 2016. The Temples of Java: Borobudur & Prambanan.
Retrieved from http://www.approachguides.com/ebook-previews/Preview-ApproachGuides-Indonesia-Java-Borobudur-Prambanan.pdf

45 comments:

  1. So beautiful. I would love to visit a temple like this. This makes me want to read Siddhartha again since it has been many years.

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    1. yes, indeed....

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      Siddhartha cut his hair when he reached 29 years old while in the process to be Buddha.

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  2. Interesting to learn about this temple. Thanks for the information and photos.

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      As on previous post: “What is the Largest Buddha Temple in the World?” That there are 3 important parts of temple.

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      Since then, he cut the tie between his current life to his former status as a prince.

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    1. Thank to visit:
      Reliefs on the Largest Buddha Temple in the World, Borobudur – part 1
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      We talking about reliefs now. At the body of the temple, we could find many reliefs. As said by Raezer and Raezer (2016), the total number of relief is 120 big pieces (around 1500 small panels).

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  4. I have visited it twice. A wonderful thing

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    1. Thank to visit:
      Reliefs on the Largest Buddha Temple in the World, Borobudur – part 1
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      Reliefs are sculptures on the wall (body) of the temple, they depicted:
      - Buddha life (critical to understand the faith)
      - the daily life of people surrounding the temple around 1,200 years ago.

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    1. Thank to visit:
      Reliefs on the Largest Buddha Temple in the World, Borobudur – part 1
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      Buddha life consists of:
      - Buddha descend from the Tushita heaven
      - Buddha enter Maya’s womb
      - Maya travel to Lumbini
      - Buddha cuts hair
      - Buddha meditates with 5 ascetics
      - Mara’s daughter tempt Buddha
      - Siddhartha achieve enlightenment become Buddha
      - Buddha gives first sermon

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  6. Bonjour,

    Que du plaisir ! Une publication pleine d'intérêt.

    Gros bisous

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      Relief of Buddha (Siddhartha) cut hair

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      Reliefs on the Largest Buddha Temple in the World, Borobudur – part 1
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      Cutting hair is a symbol to embrace new (ascetic) life. Some said the symbol as represent of:
      - Love
      - Courage
      - Sacrifice
      - Discipline

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  8. I didn't know this place. Thanks for the information.

    Best regards

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  10. I like the reliefs. Have a sunny day :-).

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    1. Thank to visit:
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      One process to become Buddha is meditation. Siddhartha meditated under the tree for 49 days or 7 weeks without changing position.

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  12. nice post, like it :)
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      He “deeply absorbed in meditation” to penetrate the true of life. At this stage, he got enlightenment and then become Buddha.

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    1. Thank to visit:
      Reliefs on the Largest Buddha Temple in the World, Borobudur – part 1
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      Observing reliefs on the temple wall is one of attractive reasons to visit Borobudur. The largest Buddha temple in the world.

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      Top View of Borobudur temple

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  16. I love Buddhism, the buildings are beautiful.

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      As on previous post: “What is the Largest Buddha Temple in the World?” That there are 3 important parts of temple.

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  17. I wish I could visit this amazing place!

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    1. Thank to visit:
      Reliefs on the Largest Buddha Temple in the World, Borobudur – part 1
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      We talking about reliefs now. At the body of the temple, we could find many reliefs. As said by Raezer and Raezer (2016), the total number of relief is 120 big pieces (around 1500 small panels).

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  18. I had never heard or read about any of this, thanks for introducing it. I learned a lot. Thanks to you, I now know what a relief is.

    You're right, observing the reliefs on the temple wall is a good reason to visit Borobudur. Very interesting information you're sharing here.

    Wishing you all the best!

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    1. Borobudur is not promoted well compared to other holy places in the world....

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      Reliefs are sculptures on the wall (body) of the temple, they depicted:
      - Buddha life (critical to understand the faith)
      - the daily life of people surrounding the temple around 1,200 years ago.

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  19. Borobudur is a great reference to the development of Buddhism in the past in Java. Not only the reliefs depict Buddha's story, it also depict beliefs and daily life during that era.

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    1. Thank to visit:
      Reliefs on the Largest Buddha Temple in the World, Borobudur – part 1
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      Reliefs are sculptures on the wall (body) of the temple, they depicted:
      - Buddha life (critical to understand the faith)
      - the daily life of people surrounding the temple around 1,200 years ago.

      Buddha life consists of:
      - Buddha descend from the Tushita heaven
      - Buddha enter Maya’s womb
      - Maya travel to Lumbini
      - Buddha cuts hair
      - Buddha meditates with 5 ascetics
      - Mara’s daughter tempt Buddha
      - Siddhartha achieve enlightenment become Buddha
      - Buddha gives first sermon

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  20. Thanks for sharing these facts with us. I love your pictures.
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      Relief of Buddha (Siddhartha) cut hair

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  21. Borobudur is an incredible temple. I was there in 2011, not long after Mr. Merida (I think that’s the name) blew and parts were clothes and other parts that were partly open, you could see people use toothbrushes in the carvings to get the ash out.

    www.thepulpitandthepen.com

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    1. glad to know that you have been there...

      Thank to visit:
      Reliefs on the Largest Buddha Temple in the World, Borobudur – part 1
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      Cutting hair is a symbol to embrace new (ascetic) life. Some said the symbol as represent of:
      - Love
      - Courage
      - Sacrifice
      - Discipline

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