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When I google image Buddha, there's the fat buddha that everyone knows who's really happy and a lot of people say rub my belly for goodluck. but then there's the other Buddha, for example the giant statue of Buddha in Hong Kong. The more serious and in my opinion realistic. Why is this?

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You seem to be implying that the opposite of fat is serious.
Might both images be happy and serious, regardless of his girth?

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I don't think the fat guy is actually buddha, but its just something I heard somewhere.

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The fat happy buddha is the buddha siddharta guatama post-enlightenment (he has reached a state of perfect contentment), whereas the serious one is the buddha on his path to enlightenment, trying and failing different methods, for example when he is claimed to have lived a minimalist life living off one grain of rice per day for several years.

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because if he was real he would be seriously fat .

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he is 2-in-1
don't worry, xtians have 3-in-1

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They are two different religions so therefore two different Buddhas. Hope that helped. 🙂

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Fat, laughing Buddha is said to be a metaphor for finding the good in life, though some will say he is "post-enlightenment." However, when I studied Buddhism, it seemed to me he came about as a direct result of people saying that Buddha was "bitter," and that Buddhism talked about "suffering too much."
I personally don't much care for the laughing Buddha, as the real Buddha practiced the Middle Path in all areas of life.

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I don't know, but to take the example of Ho Tei ("Cloth Bag") into account, obesity was a sign of happiness and of being blessed.
The first Buddha, however, had been a Jain, so he was likely skin and bones, at least prior to his near-enlightenment.

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All i know is that there is only one version of Jesus. I wouldnt trust any god that has two different versions. And why does rubing a statues belly give you good luck?

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The skinny depiction is, in fact, Gautama Siddhārtha. This is who is referred to when using the name Buddha. After renouncing his wealth and living as an ascetic, he reached enlightenment under the Bodhi tree and realized the truth of the middle path.
The “fat Buddha” is generally a depiction of the Chinese monk Budai (Hotei in Japanese), who in turn is regarded as an incarnation of Maitreya, the future Buddha. Budai wandered the Chinese country side helping other around 950 A.D. He is also referred to as the “Laughing Buddha” for his jovial appearance. This version is considered the Chinese god of good luck and fortune.
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For Fedex..would that be the blond haired blue eyed jesus?

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Because the fat Buddha is not really Buddha, but is instead the Chinese Bodhisattva of prosperity. The other one is Siddhartha Guatama, the historical Buddha.

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The fat version is not really Buddha, it's just a god to signify a good life. Buddhism is philosophy, a very serious topic.

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Fat is serious. The fatter you are the more serious it is.
Don't try to tell me fat is the opposite of serious.

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I think like elvis he got fat in his old age

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