What is the significance of the Gandhara style standing Buddha?

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The Gandhara standing Buddha is significant for a couple of reasons.  The first is that its location in the Gandhara region of modern day Pakistan and Afghanistan enables one to fully grasp the reach of Buddhism.  Such geography represents how the religion was something that was embraced throughout so much of Asia at one point in time.  Given the recent destruction of the standing Gandhara Buddhist sculptures under the Taliban, it becomes painfully evident that this wide reach is something that was sought to be destroyed by those in the position of power.  Another significant notion of Gandhara Buddha would be its position in the religion.  Many believe that the standing version of the Buddha is designed to depict to individuals how his presence in this life translates to helping alleviate the "suffering of less enlightened others."  For the standing Buddha, this position reveals his own notion of enlightenment to others who seek to understand how to fully comprehend what the condition of enlightenment means in the modern setting.  The standing vision of the GandharaBuddha is significant in these regards.

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the gandhara school of art and its buddha statues are extremely significant. they are a mixture of to cultures- greek and indian. the gandhara statues are very different from the other buddha statuees seen in india and srilanka. the gandhara statues show significant feature influences such as wavy hair as in comparision to the tight curls seen in the gupta period then sharp greekan features thick and heavt clothing. these statues were made just after the invasion of alexander in northern india (the regions of sind and punjab especially). the constant change in buddhas features from region to region and time periods and dynasties is the most fasinating thing about them. these statues themselves teach us one of his own techings that life is dominated by impermanence and constant change


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