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Three Aspects of the Buddha's Life

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The Three Aspects of the Buddha's Life:

The Physical Manifestation of the Buddha in this world (Nirmanakaya);

This is often represented by His 32 Ideal Physical Characteristics. This is the aspect of the Buddha that is easiest to relate to, as it is the anthropomorphic representation of the Buddha. This is the Buddha that appears in this world before our eyes in response to our need for salvation and enlightenment.

This would also refer to any physical representation of the Buddha that we can detect with our senses (statues, images, the sounds of the Dharma being taught, etc.).

The Wisdom and Virtues of the Buddha (Sambhogakaya); This is the enlightenment that is earned through vows, practices and sacrifices made over countless lifetimes.