A large statue of Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.
Origin of BuddhaSanskrit the enlightened one; past participle of budh, to awake, know ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bheudh-: see bid
- One who has achieved a state of perfect spiritual enlightenment, thereby attaining nirvana.
- A representation or likeness of a Buddha.
Origin of BuddhaSanskrit buddha-, enlightened, past participle of bodhati, he awakes; see bheudh- in Indo-European roots.
1252 ad bronze colossal statue of Amida Buddha; also known as the Great Buddha of Kamakura
From Pali buddha (“awakened, enlightened”), past participle of bujjhati (“to awake, perceive”), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European root *bʰewdʰ- (“to be awake, aware”), whence also English bid and bede.