History, Art and Medicine Converge: The hospital admissions sheet simply read: “Name: Buddha; DOB: 1662.”
• When the 350 year old Korean Boddhisatva statue was X-Rayed, an unknown mass was discovered inside his head, and another in his stomach. After three more scans at two medical centers, doctors revealed the mystery mass: rare, sacred texts of Buddhism (the Lotus Sutra) written in Korean and a combination of Chinese and Nepalese script called Ranjana.
• The CAT scans, X-Rays and endoscopy also revealed that the statue was made of a single wooden piece, except for the ears and hands which were attached by hand made nails.
• On March 31, the bodhi will make his debut at the University of Florida’s Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art.