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Painting the Buddha’sEyesbyDouglas BullisBuddhist Publication SocietyKandy • Sri LankaBodhi Leaves No. 126First published: 1992BPS Online Edition © (2014)Digital Transcription Source: BPS and Access toInsight Transcription ProjectFor free distribution. This work may be republished,reformatted, reprinted and redistributed in anymedium. However, any such republication andredistribution is to be made available to the public on2 a free and unrestricted basis, and translations andother derivative works are to be clearly marked assuch.3 BPainting the Buddha’sEyesuddhist iconography is both simple andcomplex. Its simplicity comes from the factthat it divides into three phases separatedeach by roughly six centuries: simple,colossal, and profuse.Its complexity comes from the fact that by now it isa rich blend of the spirit of the Buddha Gotama’soriginal teachings with Mahāyana and Tantricinfluences, gods from the Hindu pantheon, folkdeities, and legends from the 547 literary talesdescribing the...