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How Siddhartha Became the Buddha

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Cultures +1 Age Levels Intermediate (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (12 to 15 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults

This collection teaches students about the biography of Siddhartha Guatama and asks them to analyze images depicting stages of his life. Students will also learn about the different mudras, or hand gestures, that the Buddha makes. Quiz questions and hot spots are embedded throughout to check for understanding and support learning.

Tags: Siddhartha, Buddha, Buddhism, reincarnation, religion, India

Scenes from the life of the Buddha

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Pidan temple hanging

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Twenty leaves of the ficus religiosa

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Scenes from the Buddha's Life from a Prajna-paramita manuscript

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Stone screen with relief of Buddha entering Nirvana

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Nirvana of the Buddha

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Sakyamuni preaching

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Seated Buddha

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Carving of Shakymuni Buddha as an ascetic

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Bodhisattva

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Tibetan Book, Direct Path to Enlightenment

National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center