Is it possible to worship the fat buddha?

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I have read about Buddhism and I find it fascinating. I also have took quite a liking towards the fat buddha or future buddha. I was wondering is it possible to worship him without following buddhism? I know he is not a god or anything a buddhists don’t worship him but really can’t you worship anything? I just need answers here.

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why do you want to worship the Buddha? what benefits will you receive from it?

Zeus

you shouldnt worship the buddha….but i have to admit Buddhism makes more sense than christianity….atleast buddhist dont say your going to hell for not believing in their religion

MissDementia

You can worship a doorknob if you want to do so. No one can force you to NOT worship that doorknob.
Same with fat Buddha.

Common Sense

You don’t need permission. Worship who or what you want.

A LIFELONG Student

Anything can be worshiped. But worship of the only true God and Creator is the only worship of value and the only course that leads to perfect everlasting life.
NWT
(Psalm 83:18) That people may know that you, whose name is Jehovah, You alone are the Most High over all the earth.
(Matthew 4:10) Then Jesus said to him: “Go away, Satan! For it is written, ‘It is Jehovah your God you must worship, and it is to him alone you must render sacred service.’”
(John 17:3) This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ.
(Revelation 4:11) “You are worthy, Jehovah, even our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power, because you created all things, and because of your will they existed and were created.”

⌡Machine HeadâŒ

I think Happy Buddha is the ginchiest too.
Gotta love rubbing his belly for luck.

Buddha

He was not the original buddha.
He is looked upon as the “laughing buddha”. (jolly)
The teachings of the buddha are to be studied and practiced.
To worship buddha is to not understand the teachings.
Buddha is a teacher, not a god.
To worship a buddha would be like praying to the god of the sock basket.
But, you can indeed worship what ever makes you feel one with all things.. By all means, worship away. Just know that buddha would not want you to waste your time on such a pointless thing.

Sophia M

Like what many have said above, worship what you want
If you like Buddhism then simply become a Buddhist. No conversion process, just become it. All you really need to do is read about Buddhism (done) and agree with its philosophies (done).
Hell you’re probably a Buddhist right now

Maeberry

This is a non question. You can worship anything you want. Worship the next door neighbors dog if you want.

Mariel

You answered your own question – Buddha never claimed to be a deity. Therefore, would not be happy about people “worshiping” him.
You can worship anything or anyone you choose, as you said. Are you seeking our permission?
Buddhism is a philosophy and way of life that can be followed without necessarily having the extra trappings of religion. It is a disciplined way of life that can’t really be followed frivolously. How sincere are you?
Perhaps, study some more. Talk to some Buddhist monks and then see how you feel.

Robert IV de Sablé

this “fat buddha” is NOT a true representation of the historical “buddha”…
If you want to see a representation of the historical “buddha” that is closer to the truth please have a look at the picture (see first link below)
Anyway “buddha” is NOT a proper name like David or John, it is just a Sanskrit adjective that means “awakened” so anyone can be “awakened” ie to find again our true nature and therefore be a “buddha”… In fact there are already countless “buddhas” all around us, but most people do not recognize them as “buddhas” believing them to be ordinary beings.
The teachings of the historical “buddha” do not ask us to worship him, but instead to try to follow his advices on ethics, meditation and the pratice of the ten virtues (paramita) (see fifth link below)
I have put online in October 1996 some webpages on Buddhism that could help you (second to fourth links below)

Dean R

I have been told that people need something, a form or an image, to hold hold on to in times of worship. Whether it is a stone, light, cross or image, it serves the same purpose. The choice is yours. you don’t have to be an Italian to eat pizza and you don’t have to be a Buddhist to honour Buddha. Choose what is closest to your heart.

kaileym

no the Buddha has sad not to “worship” him. you really shouldn’t worship something without knowing why or what you are worshiping. You should contemplate the teachings of the Buddha and his Dharma and if it makes sense and seems right to you then look to him as a teacher.

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