Images of Buddha's footprint symbolize Buddha's presence in his teachings - the dharma - and enforce the fact that he was a mortal man who walked the earth. It reminds us that the spiritual life has its feet on the ground, and that while we aspire to "transcendence", we should never lose awareness of the material plane of existence. At the same time, a disembodied foot speaks of Buddha's absence, the absence of the human personality, and by extension, his non-attachment to this life.
Buddha's footprint, or Buddhapada is one of the aniconic symbols of Buddhism - which is to say, it doesn't attempt to be a true likeness of the master. For years after Buddha's death - in keeping with the master's instructions (according to some believers) - his disciples kept Buddha's physical incarnation out of the teaching. Images like the lion, the dharma wheel, the begging bowl and footprint served to invoke the master's presence.
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