Why are so many Christians confused as to what the Buddha looks like?

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The fat, bald, big belly statue is not Buddha.
Is this what your Churches teach ya?
Like always, they keep you in the dark.
Can you at least, Seek, Ask, and Knock for yourselves?

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gutbucket

Because they see him each time they eat chinese.

HTacianas

I know what the representations of Buddha look like. Thank you for your concern.

Greenwitch

I’m not Christian, but I think it’s because that’s actually how popular culture refers to the Buddha – “buddha belly.” It’s like everything else. Just a lack of knowledge. And there are actually places in the world where that image of Buddha is revered. So… It’s not just Christians and churches. It’s in popular culture.

Amalthea

No, that image is not taught in my church. It is, however, taught in every Chinese restaurant I have ever seen. If this offends you, perhaps you should take it up with them.

wanda3s48

Churches don’t teach anything about Buddha. Those statues are prominently displayed in Asian businesses, as well as in reference books.

Clay

Blame pop culture and the Chinese for dubbing Hotei “The Laughing Buddha”. Hell, most Christians even think angels have wings, and that’s from their own mythology!

Rushevents

Actually our chruches don’t teach anything about the Buddah – we simply do not care.
By the way – in my city there is a Pu-Lin Buddhist temple. Guess what it has in front of it? A 15 foot tall statue of a “happy Buddha”. Big tummy and all.
So now I ask you why would we be confused by your question?

Ann

Why don’t you tell us what Buddha looks like? My Pastor has never mentioned Buddha. We don’t spend time discussing false Gods.

Anglia

I am Buddhist since many years and when I read your question I had to think about the eightfold path.
Right speech is the first principle of ethical conduct in the eightfold path. Ethical conduct is viewed as a guideline to moral discipline, which supports the other principles of the path. This aspect is not self-sufficient, however, essential, because mental purification can only be achieved through the cultivation of ethical conduct. The importance of speech in the context of Buddhist ethics is obvious: words can break or save lives, make enemies or friends, start war or create peace. Buddha explained right speech as follows: 1. to abstain from false speech, especially not to tell deliberate lies and not to speak deceitfully, 2. to abstain from slanderous speech and not to use words maliciously against others, 3. to abstain from harsh words that offend or hurt others, and 4. to abstain from idle chatter that lacks purpose or depth. Positively phrased, this means to tell the truth, to speak friendly, warm, and gently and to talk only when necessary.

JMR

Ahhhh… Christianity really doesn’t care about Buddha. Why are you asking such an irrelevant question?

Alan Harmony

Are you ready to meet the reincarnated Buddha? Prophecies indicate that he will appear in our time. He will be the laughing Buddha. He has all sorts of things to show believers.

Barbara Peterson

>>>My Pastor has never mentioned Buddha. We don’t spend time discussing false Gods
I take it he never talks about God or Jesus then, either?
And of course Buddha is not a God. Or a god, either.
As for the Chinese restaurants using Hotei…they also use fortune cookings, which have no role in “real” Chinese cuisine. But it’s what Americans expect so it’s what they get.

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