A corridor on the Rūpadhātu layer
The Rūpadhātu layer has five squarish terraces, each with the corridors similar to the one shown in the image. The inner and balustrade walls of these corridors are covered with bas-reliefs depicting stories based on ancient Buddhist texts.
The type of stories covered in the Rūpadhātu layer are:
– Gandavyūha: Stories of Sudhana, a boy from India, moving from teacher to teacher in search of wisdom and enlightenment.
– Avadāna: Similar stories as Jātaka but people are not bodhisattvas
– Lalitavistāra: Life of Buddha in Tushita Heaven
– Jātaka: Stories of Buddha in his previous lives
Borobudur, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is located about 30 miles north of Yogyakarta on the island of Java, Indonesia. It is the largest and one of the most beautiful Buddhist monuments in the world.
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