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why is buddha often depicted as overweight?
    #4902535 - 11/07/05 12:29 AM (15 years, 10 months ago)

was he really that fat and are there written accounts of it? it would seemed like following the 8 fold path would include moderation in eating and give him a healthier physique


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Re: why is buddha often depicted as overweight? [Re: porcupine]
    #4902599 - 11/07/05 12:41 AM (15 years, 10 months ago)

Too many shrimp toast!


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Re: why is buddha often depicted as overweight? [Re: porcupine]
    #4902831 - 11/07/05 01:39 AM (15 years, 10 months ago)

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Re: why is buddha often depicted as overweight? [Re: porcupine]
    #4903186 - 11/07/05 03:19 AM (15 years, 10 months ago)

Read up on Buddharupa


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Re: why is buddha often depicted as overweight? [Re: spud]
    #4903211 - 11/07/05 03:31 AM (15 years, 10 months ago)

Is it not,that he hold all the negative of the world in him..



i have no idea,but that's what i was told when i was a child.(grew up Taoist)


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Re: why is buddha often depicted as overweight? [Re: CaptainH13]
    #4903476 - 11/07/05 07:45 AM (15 years, 10 months ago)

don't confuse him for the historical Buddha Shakyamuni.

The common tradition is to rub his belly for good luck and prosperity, because his big figure is a sign of abundance.

Fat Buddha = Laughing Buddha.


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Re: why is buddha often depicted as overweight? [Re: porcupine]
    #4903490 - 11/07/05 07:58 AM (15 years, 10 months ago)

it helps to sell chinese food!


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Re: why is buddha often depicted as overweight? [Re: porcupine]
    #4903608 - 11/07/05 09:59 AM (15 years, 10 months ago)

the real buddha was probably very thin... for a while he was an ascetic, meaning he was like starving himself and was probably a skeleton, but eventually he started eating again...

in chinese culture the stomach is the center of power or wisdom or something (hara?) so the buddhas huge stomach is like symbolic of his immense wisdom...

thats what i remember hearing anyways...


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Re: why is buddha often depicted as overweight? [Re: porcupine]
    #4903783 - 11/07/05 11:20 AM (15 years, 10 months ago)

Gautama Buddha(aka "The Buddha"):




Hotei(aka "Laughing Buddha"):



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Re: why is buddha often depicted as overweight? [Re: porcupine]
    #4903833 - 11/07/05 11:41 AM (15 years, 10 months ago)

"Just behind and below your navel (belly button) lies the hara, which is felt as an ethereal ball of energy. The hara is a natural balancing point of your consciousness that can be thought of as the center of your being... By transferring your center of awareness to the hara, thoughts gradually disappear on their own without inner conflict. That is why you see Buddha statues with a big belly. It is an esoteric message that the hara is the key to meditation."

http://home.att.net/~meditation/MeditationHandbook.html


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Re: why is buddha often depicted as overweight? [Re: wilshire]
    #4903959 - 11/07/05 12:50 PM (15 years, 10 months ago)

"".. a sign of abundance.""




:laugh: :thumbup:


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Re: why is buddha often depicted as overweight? [Re: porcupine]
    #4904375 - 11/07/05 03:08 PM (15 years, 10 months ago)

As has already been mentioned, the belly may represent having plenty.

It also depends on which cultures you look at... As different cultures have different depictions.


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Re: why is buddha often depicted as overweight? [Re: absolute zero]
    #4904502 - 11/07/05 03:44 PM (15 years, 10 months ago)

I think that belly can only represent poor eating habits combined with a lack of exercise, which will lead to suffering.


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Re: why is buddha often depicted as overweight? [Re: Microcosmatrix]
    #4905297 - 11/07/05 07:11 PM (15 years, 10 months ago)

They think abundance i think heart attack at 45


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Re: why is buddha often depicted as overweight? [Re: Scarfmeister]
    #4905418 - 11/07/05 07:39 PM (15 years, 10 months ago)

The buddha got fat when Buddhism made its way to china, probobly all the MSG.

as somebody else allready said, the original buddha (OG buddha) fasted for a long time, so long in fact that many of his early disciples left him because they thought he was crazy. He eventually started to eat again, but only one meal a day, some sects of Buddhist monks still only eat one meal a day.


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Re: why is buddha often depicted as overweight? [Re: wilshire]
    #4905968 - 11/07/05 09:21 PM (15 years, 10 months ago)

Bodhidharma, who brought Buddhism from India to China is often depicted with a gut. Perhaps it is the center of gravity that became the hara in the Japanese Zen tradition (and hence those 'Bobo' inflatable dolls that are weighted on the round bottom, that kids knock down but which right themselves). Then again, there is 'vase breathing,' and 'fire breathing' like yogic 'bellows breath' which expands the belly, and which is practiced in Tibetan Buddhist yoga for arousing the gtum-mo [inner fire]. Perhaps the hara derived from the Chinese [Ch'an] 'cauldron' or 'lower tan tien' in Taoist yoga.


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Re: why is buddha often depicted as overweight? [Re: deryl]
    #4906301 - 11/07/05 10:23 PM (15 years, 10 months ago)

Yeah, but how big of a meal? 5 chickens?


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Re: why is buddha often depicted as overweight? [Re: Silversoul]
    #4906356 - 11/07/05 10:34 PM (15 years, 10 months ago)

Quote:

Paradigm said:
Gautama Buddha(aka "The Buddha"):




Hotei(aka "Laughing Buddha"):






Word.


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Re: why is buddha often depicted as overweight? [Re: porcupine]
    #4909478 - 11/08/05 04:33 PM (15 years, 10 months ago)

Maybe towards the end of his life he realized he had "made it" and just let himself go.


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Re: why is buddha often depicted as overweight? [Re: porcupine]
    #4909568 - 11/08/05 05:02 PM (15 years, 10 months ago)

In oriental cultures bodyfat is often associated with prosperity and plenty.


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