Fat Buddha, skinny Buddha

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Fat Buddha, skinny Buddha

Postby greggorious » Thu Aug 09, 2012 6:16 pm

The two most iconic figures of Buddha tend to be the fat laughing Buddha, and the skinny, deep in meditation one. I'm guessing the latter is the more probable, but where did the fat laughing one come from? Is that just a westernised depiction?
"The original heart/mind shines like pure, clear water with the sweetest taste. But if the heart is pure, is our practice over? No, we must not cling even to this purity. We must go beyond all duality, all concepts, all bad, all good, all pure, all impure. We must go beyond self and nonself, beyond birth and death. When we see with the eye of wisdom, we know that the true Buddha is timeless, unborn, unrelated to any body, any history, any image. Buddha is the ground of all being, the realization of the truth of the unmoving mind.” Ajahn Chah
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Re: Fat Buddha, skinny Buddha

Postby daverupa » Thu Aug 09, 2012 6:18 pm

Pu-tai, something of a Chinese Santa.
    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
- Sedaka Sutta [SN 47.19]
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Re: Fat Buddha, skinny Buddha

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Aug 09, 2012 6:21 pm

Spelled different ways, including Hotei
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