Originally posted by Darfius
Dunno, but according to:
Buddha surely died. And I see no mention of his resurrection. SO luckily, he was just like every other man in the history of the world, in regards to being mortal.
That is the story of the Buddha's physical body. But according to Mahayana Buddhist doctrine, he had three bodies.
1. The Appearance Body ( Nirmanakaya ). This was his physical body as it manifested in northern India from roughly 560 to 480 BC.
2. The Enjoyment Body ( Samboghakaya ). This is his "light body", the one he uses to travel between all dimensions in the phenomenological universe. It can be understood as the same kind of body that Jesus manifested in after the Resurrection (if one accepts Christian doctrine in that regard).
3. The Dharma Body ( Dharmakaya ). The Dharma Body ("body of ultimate truth"
is actually formless, and manifest as the essence of all sentient consciousness everywhere. In Zen this is known as the "Buddha-mind", and is the "reborn nature" of any who correctly tames their ego and awakens beyond the delusions of projected thought and false identification.
So the answer to "where is Buddha's body" is three-fold -- one, it is dissolved back into the universe (Nirmanakaya); two, it is available anywhere in the manifest universe, on whatever dimension, in its light-body form (Sambhogakaya); and three, it is the very essence of all beings everywhere (Dharmakaya).