A fruitful paradox: the religious logic of a contradiction in the Buddha’s life story

An exhibition on the life of the Buddha should not only visualise his life story, but also pay attention to how legends developed. This lecture explores some of the ways in which the story has been told and illustrated, concentrating on one specific contradiction: the infant Siddharta Gautama, Buddha-to-be in extraordinary, spoke and walked at birth, and yet as an adolescent he lacked all basic knowledge of existence. What message does this apparent contradiction hold, and how does the tradition interpret it?

2 PM in the Eggert Hall

Free admission with a valid ticket for the exhibition