Lost Footsteps
Lost Footsteps
The Story of Thadingyut

4th Century

The Story of Thadingyut

room India

Thadingyut marks the descent of the Buddha from the Tushita heaven of the 33 gods where he had gone to deliver lectures for three months, including to Indra, Brahma, and his mother Maya who had been reborn there.The image is of a beautiful Gandhara (Kushan period) stone relief c. 200 AD (today at the Ashmolean museum at Oxford), showing the Buddha descending the middle of three staircases linking heaven and earth.


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