Author: Leann Moore

Thirty-two Marks of Excellence

Also referred to as the “thirty-two major marks” and “marks of a great man,” these are the characteristics of excellence adorning Buddhas and wheel-turning monarchs. The marks on the Buddhas are much clearer and more defined than on the wheel-turning monarchs. In addition to the thirty-two marks, Buddhas and great bodhisattvas (but not wheel-turning monarchs)…

Eighty Notable Characteristics

Many different sutras contain descriptions of the thirty-two marks and eighty characteristics, each with slight variations.   The eighty notable characteristics are: Top of his head not visible to others. A prominent nose with well-concealed nostrils. Eyebrows shaped like a new moon. Large, round ears that are long and thick. A strong body. Closely-fit bones. When…