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The many images of Buddha are actually Buddhas. The word Buddha means “enlightened one”, and everyone can attain Buddhahood by becoming aware of their Buddha-nature. Siddhartha Gautama is the founder of Buddhism, this is the most common image of Buddha, he is thin and has long ears and is usually making a mudra (hand sign). In different schools of Buddhism there are Boddhattvas, or people who achieved Buddhahood but for one reason or another refrained from entering Nirvana and instead stayed behind. For example there is the story of one Boddhattva that stayed behind until the entire world was enlightened… Read more »

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I think the fat buddha aka the laughing buddha is a future buddha (metreya) whereas the buddha with the normal weight is the present one….. I think,
oh and maybe the fat one is the depiction of the buddha by the chinese who modified him???

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The fat one is for good luck whereas the other one is used for religious purposes.

hope it helps u