The Buddhabrot is a kind of

Mandelbrot Set, an

image created by

graphing the full

extrapolation of a simple mathematical

function. In this case, the image generated by running the numbers for the set is strikingly similar to the iconic image of the

Buddha, seated in

lotus position, encased in a

halo of

light. To the informed eye,

the image (a very good rendition is available here) offers cues including, for example, intersections seemingly closely aligned with the seven traditional

chakra points; the appearance of not only a figure seated in the traditional position, but having hair bound up in a tight

topnot, and a central

heart with two great arteries twinned forth from it.

The formula is quite simple:

z_{n+1} = z_{n}^{2} + c

(*for all sets for which where z_{0} = 0 does *not* tend to infinity)

As the number of

iterations increases, and the depth and detail of the image are enhanced, it seems to become possible to see

cosmic architecture within the

calculations, to see our

Universe. Its diverse

worlds, its

stars, its

galactic clusters and

gaseous clouds, become apparent within the form of the Buddha. Confessedly, the image is short enough on detail that some disagreement is possible over things such as the placement of the

arms and

hands. And it only presents the iconic view from the zero rotation, with the image 'on its side' from how it would initially be graphed at that rotation. From a sidereal rotation, it seems more like a slightly bent two-headed

pancake. But the

iconography of the essential image could not be more fundamentally presented, this being the most natural presentation of any asymmetric Mandelbrot set appearing to be stacked upon a single broad base.

And so, to a devout Buddhist, it might well seem that the incidence of this mathematical as if our Universe itself were tugging at our sleeves and declaring, 'hey, check

*this* out.' One can only imagine how representatives of

*other* religions might behave if mathematical formulae unexpectedly produced imagery of their symbols or favoured characters. But they don't so we may never know.