महायानवादी केही संघहरुमा बुद्धत्त्व प्राप्ति पछि प्राणी मानव भन्दा माथि उठेर सनातन भएको विश्वास गरिन्छ। धर्मकाय भनिने यो अवस्थामा अनगिन्ती गुणयुक्त हुन्छन। महापरिनिर्वाण सूत्र अनुसार बुद्धले "Nirvana is stated to be eternally abiding. The Tathagata [Buddha] is also thus, eternally abiding, without change." भनेको आधारमा यी चिन्तनहरुको विकास भएको हो। यो चिन्तनलाई सद्धर्मपुण्डरीकसूत्र र तथागतगर्भमा परिमार्जित गरिएको छ।
== Depictions of the Buddha in art ==
[[Image:ShwedagonIMG 7662.JPG|thumb|Buddha statues at Shwedagon Paya]]
[[Image:ShwedagonIMG 7656.JPG|thumb|Jade Buddha statue at Shwedagon Paya]]
Buddhas are frequently represented in the form of statues र paintings. Commonly seen designs include:
* Seated Buddha
* Reclining Buddha
* Standing Buddha
*''[[Hotei]]'', the obese, [[Laughing Buddha]], usually seen in [[जनबादी गणतन्त्र चीन|China]]. This figure is believed to be a representation of a medieval Chinese monk who is associated with Maitreya, the future Buddha, र it is therefore not technically a Buddha image.
* The 'Emaciated Buddha', which shows Siddartha Gautama during उनका extreme ascetic practice of starvation.
The Buddha statue shown calling for rain is a pose common in [[Laos]].
Most depictions of Buddha contain a certain number of ''markings'', which are considered the signs of उनका enlightenment. These signs vary regionally, but two are common:
* A protuberance on the top of the head (denoting superb mental accuity)
* Long earlobes (denoting superb perception)
In the [[Pali Canon]] there is frequent mention of a list of [[Thirty-two marks of the Buddha|32 physical marks of Buddha]].
The poses र hand-gestures of these statues, known respectively as [[asana]]s र [[mudra]]s, are significant to their overall meaning. The popularity of any particular mudra or asana tends to be region-specific, such as the ''[[Vajra]]'' (or ''Chi Ken-in'') mudra, which is popular in [[Japan]] र [[कोरिया|Korea]] but rarely seen in [[भारत|India]]. Others are more universally common, for example, the ''Varada'' (Wish Granting) mudra is common among standing statues of the Buddha, particularly when coupled with the ''Abhaya'' (Fearlessness र Protection) mudra.