Can the Buddha be seen? Can enlightened beings been recognized by certain appearance or form?
Although there are certain descriptions of how Buddha or Bodhisattva may look, ultimately the reality and awareness of the Buddha, like the nature of the Tao depicted in Daodejing, are beyond form and descriptions. Therefore, real Buddha is beyond form and appearance.
* * *
GENUINE DISCERNMENT OF THE PRINCIPLE OF SUCHNESS, FIVE
“Subhuti, what do you think? Can the Tathagata be seen by means of His bodily form?”
“No, World Honoured One, the Tathgate cannot be seen by means of His bodily form.
“Because when the Tathagata speaks of bodily form, it is not (real) form.”
The Buddha said to Subhuti: “Everything with form is unreal; if all forms are seen as unreal, the Tathagata will be perceived.”