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A little while back I had put a request on my tumblr for someone to draw a favorite scene of mine from the suttas, and someone responded in spectacular fashion : http://i.imgur.com/dzEtBFl.jpg
Well I’m doing it again. We are replete with images of the Buddha online(and in statue form), but all of them depict the Buddha quite falsely with hair - (http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2010/12/30/the-buddha-was-bald/) and with these wild 32 marks of the great man(which are quite honestly suspect) like the long ears and such, braided hair, halos around his head or body and stuff like this.
What I want to get at is portraying him in the essence of what he really may of looked like, focusing on his humanity on not aspects of near divinity.
What i’d love to see is a picture of a bald Indian man in robes who looks like the Buddha of the Sāmaññaphala-sutta [DN #2] , where a king came to see the Buddha but could not differentiate him from the other monastics there.
Any and all artists are welcome to participate, whatever medium so long as you can get it as a decent .jpg/gif file. I give no other specifics as I don’t want to confine people’s creativity too much. Please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org and thanks!