THE GREAT MIRACLE AT SHRAVASTI (blue tones), 2007
pastel on paper
41.5 x 29.5 inches (sheet)
45 x 33 inches (frame)
This image depicts one of the miracles of Gautama Buddha, in which he replicated himself so that every person present had him to converse with. This miracle was performed as part of a competition with a group of non-Buddhists who had challenged him. These competitions with a king as a judge were not uncommon in ancient India. The Buddha performed this miracle under a mango tree, the appearance of which was also part of the miracle.