Was the Buddha Bald?

| February 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

We usually think of the Buddha as having a full head of hair, but it may not always have been so. Today we’ll look at some of the history of Buddhist iconography, and take some lessons about how viewpoints can change over time.

Some suttas mentioned in this video:

The Marks of a Great Man (DN 30)
Ambaṭṭha Sutta (DN 3)
Vasala Sutta (Snp. 1.7)
Sundarika-Bhāradvaja Sutta (Snp. 3.4)
Sāmaññaphala Sutta (DN 2)

Other reference:
Eisel Mazard: The Buddha Was Bald

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Doug is Study Director of the Secular Buddhist Association. He has a PhD in Philosophy, with a minor in Buddhist philosophy and Sanskrit. In 2013 he completed the year-long Integrated Study and Practice Program with the BCBS and NYIMC. A long time scientific skeptic, he pursues a naturalized approach to practice. He is also interested in scholarship about the Tipiṭaka, and the theoretical and historical origins of the dhamma. He posts videos at Doug's Secular Dharma on YouTube. Some of his writing can be found at academia.edu.

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