The purpose of this module is to compare the visual expressions representing the lives of two significant religious figures – the Buddha and Jesus Christ – whose lives were imaged figuratively for both meditation and didactic uses. In both cases imagery progressed from the aniconic stage to the figurative employing important events from the life of the individual. Parallels can be found in the miraculous birth of both persons, their struggles – in the case of the Buddha to achieve enlightenment, while in the case of Jesus the agony and crucifixion, and the miracles each performed thereby convincing and persuading their followers of the truth of their words.
Sabau, Isabelle, "A Comparison of Religious Iconography - Buddha and Christ" (2008). Philosophical Ideas and Artistic Pursuits in the Traditions of Asia and the West: An NEH Faculty Humanities Workshop . Paper 4.