Find a comic book, an animation, or a cartoon about the Life of the Buddha–why do you like it?

By: Sujatha Meegama |

From Buddha and His Friends, S. Dhammika & Susan Harmer

From Buddha and His Friends, S. Dhammika & Susan Harmer

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(Edit) Mark Sim Zheng Jia
http://www.thecomicstrips.com/store/add.php?iid=138653 I found this image with a very short meaning yet powerful and true.
(Edit) Nur Mariyah
http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/buddha-shakyamuni-comic-book.html
(Edit) Samantha Yap
http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y199/OrionPozo/buddha.jpg by Osamu Tezuka I like it because it employs a descriptive narrative approach.
(Edit) nadia006
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/2f/79/7c/2f797c6238f266d84f5c2d148ce24178.jpg A simplistic and humorous illustration of the Buddha's meditation
(Edit) Carol Wong
https://goo.gl/images/GBPka9 This frame from a comic strip is effective in illustrating the stance of tranquility that the Buddha stands for, through character interaction and body language. This excerpt serves as an interesting gateway into exploring the representation of Buddha in popular culture. 
(Edit) Andree
  This book (along with many other historical figure biographies in the series) was one of my few favourite reads when I was younger. I really like the illustration style and the simple storyline that was broken down to be much more understandable for children. (Not sure if there is an English version of it, I can only find the Indonesian version I was familiar with.)
(Edit) Alicia Lee
Saint Young Men Saint Young Men It is a hilarious comedic anime between Buddha and Jesus.  
(Edit) Qiu Min
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="750"] Summarises the life of Buddha through 3 key scenes.[/caption]  
(Edit) vteo002
I like this comic because it shows that what the Buddha did seems so impossible to us in an amusing way
(Edit) Nicole
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsN7NLs-0jI Because it is easy to understand
(Edit) Zaqeer Radzi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9R-cqf6Pmk An animated video of the life of Buddha produced by the Penang based Animation School, The One Academy which retells the story of Buddha's quest to seek the truth, in this case, enlightenment. The quality of the animation is also really top notch so it's aesthetically pleasing to watch.
(Edit) Anna Isip
I like this because it's a clear and understandable comic on the teachings of Buddha for anyone who knows or might not know about the religion.
(Edit) Drusilla
The Enlightenment of the Buddha https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVKK-WVW2uw This is an interesting animation on how Siddhartha Gautama became the "Buddha" by making you be Siddhartha Gautama.

(Edit) JJIAOJUN
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="648"] Simple and straightforward explanation of the life of the Buddha[/caption]  
(Edit) Crystal
A wholesome summary of everything that we learnt today in a short comic.
(Edit) Verlynn Heng
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="2477"] Buddha practicing austerities[/caption] I like this image because it portrays the buddha as human, before he gained enlightenment. it shows the buddha as his most frail
(Edit) David
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="513"] I like this because it depicts Buddha in a funny yet somewhat accurate way.[/caption]
(Edit) ZIHONG
This animation tells me more about the life of Buddha http://www.youtube.com.sg/watch?v=nsN7NLs-0jI
(Edit) Chan Guanhua
I like this image as it is a good summary of Buddha's life. The strip shows the birth, enlightenment (nirvana), giving sermons and discourse to the sangha and also the death or cessation of suffering.
(Edit) Shereen
http://sbt.blob.core.windows.net/storyboards/brooke_168/buddha-s-life.png i like this because it is spot on
(Edit) Gerald
https://chewychunks.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/buddhist-way-i-want-happiness.jpg?w=768 Very concise
(Edit) Kaie
Buddha Comic Enlightenment I think this comic strip is interesting because it illustrates Buddha's path to enlightenment in a visually pleasing way.
(Edit) Shaf
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="850"] I like how this image portrayed a facet of Buddha's character and how he is a person who doesnt obsess over material things.[/caption]
(Edit) Audrelia Lim
Life of the Buddha I find that the way it is being illustrayed can be humorous but the way the Buddha is portrayed is quite realistic and treated like a prince as it is not disficured and it even has a halo around the head.
(Edit) Brenda
http://kissmanga.com/Manga/Saint-Oniisan/Saint-Oniisan-Chapter-1?id=122325 Best manga ever to relate to Buddha on a human level.
(Edit) Jacelyn
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1200"] Breathe through life's ups and downs.[/caption]
(Edit) Cally Ling
Buddha's first path and steps to enlightenment was how he discovered he wanted to change his own life for the benefit of others around him. That very moment that shook him was the most vitial and critical aspect of  how his beliefs started and guided those who believed in him and his teachings. Buddha's path to enlightenment
(Edit) Shiauyu
Buddha: The Great Departure (2011) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1686865/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl An animated movie depicting life of Buddha.
(Edit) Cheng Hui
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nS6_GuEdYMs/VNpLNIOEVUI/AAAAAAAAAaU/qBN-vlo8gVk/s1600/2.gif I like this because it portrays one of Buddha's teachings in a funny way
(Edit) n1604495e
Animation: The School of Life: Eastern Philosophy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tilBs32zN7I This is a great animation as it has the ability to reach a wide audience, and provides an interesting combination of philosophy and visual imagery, including images in a dynamic "cut-out" style. The series, The School of Life is a great resource for introductory  knowledge on topics such as the life of the Buddha.
(Edit) Pin Yi Quek
This simple comic strip illustrates quite clearly the travels of the Buddha and his departure from the safety of the palace into the relative dangers of the outside world, beginning his ascetic life.
(Edit) David
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="520"] Another One[/caption]  
(Edit) Mavis Lim
http://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/buddha-shakyamuni-comic-book.html This is a longer comic with better comic book format.
(Edit) Wei Ming Tan
http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/storybuddha.pdf The story with pictures and words.  
(Edit) Kim Nguyen
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="850"] A humorous depiction of the dichotomy between two opposing world views[/caption]  
(Edit) Margaret
  [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="850"] mind free from cravings and desires[/caption] I like this image as it reminds us how this world is filled with temptations that are out to distract us.
(Edit) Veron Teng
  My link was broken just now oops. Quirky way of describing one of Buddha's believes.
(Edit) Shu Yi
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="236"] because it's funny[/caption]  
(Edit) Jess
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="499"]Love for Buddha Because Jesus was popular last sem, so it's Buddha's sem this month.[/caption]  
(Edit) Clarita Saslim
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="576"] Buddhist life goals[/caption]
(Edit) V.LJY
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="499"]Dharma The Cat Dharma The Cat[/caption] This comic series uses the lines reproduced from the words of the Life of Buddha, and twists it to a form where people will follow them with additional constraints. It is much easier to understand the beliefs when there is some comic relief.
(Edit) Natasya Adistana
Title: "Sorry! And the Nature of Suffering" (comic taken from here) I like how it shows the difference of Buddha's ways of thinking to the other people of the world in quite a humorous way :)
(Edit) Amelia
Check this out... http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1039902/ Movie about Buddha from 2010. His teachings are timeless.
(Edit) Rochele Lim
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="236"] Be zen[/caption]  
(Edit) Seng Yi Ling
A comic strip about Buddhism, and not exactly on the life of Buddha. I like this form of visual representation as the form of portrayal captures the viewer's attention as irony and expressive drawings are used. Hence, making this form of visual representation more impressionable to readers.
(Edit) Calista Lee
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="500"] Saint Young Men is an interesting slice-of-life take on a cartoon version of how everyday life is in modern times when Buddha goes on a touring journey in life with Jesus. ^^[/caption]
(Edit) Teng Yu Qing
I think it depicted the part of the story about Buddha's mother dreaming and how she gave birth to him. It was personally quite shocking to learn that dreaming about elephants when you're pregnant is something auspicious(?). In any case, I found it quite interesting how the "face of religion" are being given birthed to from women who had dreams about it.
(Edit) melhyu
http://sbt.blob.core.windows.net/storyboards/rebeccaray/buddha.png This is a really simple and summarised comic strip about the process of the life of Buddha. It is easy to understand and straight to the point that's why I like it.
(Edit) Vanessa Ang
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9R-cqf6Pmk I like that this short video gives a summary of the life of buddha and is explained very clearly, making it easy to understand.
(Edit) Tira
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyywOi_xpfE I found this video on youtube. As a Thai, i grew up with a lot of Buddhism influences in Thailand. This video allows me to understand it clearer!
(Edit) Ling Ern
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tilBs32zN7I. This is a succinct story of Buddha's life and his philosophies. The short video used real life pictures with collage in it which makes it even more interesting and amusing to watch than other videos with only animation characters.
(Edit) Shi Teng Wong
https://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=SG&v=nsN7NLs-0jI&hl=en-GB This is an animation that tells the story of The Life of the Buddha. I like it because it is related to what is shared during the first lecture and it helps me better remember Buddha's story. It also briefly mentioned the wheel of life and death, which I have encountered on a trip to a temple in Bhutan and I found interesting.
(Edit) Trey Seah
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wErFGNxbw3M This is a nice and short animation which gives very good insight into the mind of Siddhartha (the birth name of the the founder of Buddhism, Gautama Buddha). This animation provides a quick recount what led him to renounce the world. Although it's a very short animation, the way it's paced and formatted makes it comfortable to watch and easy to understand.
(Edit) Gerald Chua
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsN7NLs-0jI This animation best illustrates the life of Buddha in a short and concise manner. It briefly talks the wheel of Life and Death which would not bore the audience who wish to understand Buddhism in a summarised version.
(Edit) Jinyee
I like it because it is very inspiring. It's a simple quote that everyone can understand and learn something out of it.
(Edit) Josiah
I like this because, well- I made it. Beyond the fact that it is about a movie, this image and the quote speaks about contentment and "just being". The dude abides.
(Edit) JIALE Ng
This illustration about the life of Buddha was relatively easy to understand, as it was mean for primary students. It illustrates the important details in Buddha's life - from the day he was born, to attaining enlightenment and his death. I like this illustration because it is direct and straight to the point.

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