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Why does the buddha in China is fat while the buddha in India is thin?

This is my assignment in Mandarin. I hope you can answer it as soon as possible. Thank you!
My professor said we must answer logically between the buddha of India and the buddha from China.
My professor said we must answer logically between the buddha of India and the buddha from China.

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“juexue” and “jed s” are the only ones who gave accurate answers to the question posed. Buddha Shakyamuni is the same everywhere, and also His representation (whose first sculptures date from around 100-200 BCE in Gandhara and are the utmost expression of Indo-Greek Silk Route art).

Buddha bless you.

Makenzi
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Makenzi

No no no we are learning about this in school and I’m only 12 and I know that its because the Buddha in china belives that the more fat you are the more wealthier you are

jasmin arcena
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i want to learn more about different stories of different religion though I am a roman catholic. Iend up being in this page because of my curiousity between thin and fat buddah if you want to give me more information please send me email in my account aling_dolor_24@ymail.com

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jed s

Hello. Historically these are two different people. The Buddha in India is The Buddha, who was a tall person (they say 6 feet) and very strong. He had to be capable, as a prince he was a military commander. However, as an ascetic it is said he ate one grain of rice per day, and when he touched his stomach he could feel his spine. I would say that is not fat, not fat at all! He probably put on some weight when he discovered the middle way, but surely did not grow morbidly obese. The Laughing Buddha of China… Read more »

unskilled idiot
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unskilled idiot

The chinese buddha is “Porky Wing” and he ate all the indian’s food.

dooniebrasco
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dooniebrasco

The buddha in China is sedentarily while the buddha in India is practising yoga.

jiaxiwang100
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jiaxiwang100

in Tang dynasty, fat people are considered healthy or wealthy. its the same with middle age eruope, rulers would show off their wealth by eatting alot and become fat.

anyways, Tang artists made budda fat for the same reason.

as for india, everything are thin.

juexue
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juexue

That’s a (very common) misunderstanding. The historical Buddha, Shakyamuni, looks almost the same in Indian and Chinese art. He is always, in all Buddhist cultures, pictured with a “perfectly proportioned” body – neither fat , nor thin – except when he is pictured as a skinny ascetic PRIOR TO his enlightenment. The “fat Buddha” in China is NOT the same person, but a Chinese monk later coming to be interpreted as, or merely symbolizing, the future Buddha Maitreya. The obesity is a symbol for happiness, wealth and prosperity. Again, there are many, many different Buddhas, and Buddha Maitreya is an… Read more »

يا عيني
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يا عيني

Some of the answers above give you some insight on possible reasons. Another possible reason is the life of Buddha himself. When he decided to reach out and leave his kingdom at 29, he sought the life of an ascetic, which meant a total removal from worldly passion, including food. After several years of ascetism, he discovered the Middle Way–a path of moderation away from the extremes of self-indulgence and self-mortification. His appearance changed and he became fatter and physically stronger. But in the end, one of the teachings of Buddha is to remember them through the Dhamma and not… Read more »

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Beckee

Buddha in India (or Nepal) is a prince who walked away from luxury, realizing that suffering came from desire, that one should not starve oneself, but neither should one indulge one’s desire for food. Buddha in China, as represented in sculptures, has been influenced by other religions and traditions. It has been suggested that the fat Buddha was heavily influenced by a god that was worshipped before Buddhism came to China. It should be noted that the Buddhas in temples in China tend to be skinnier than the statues of the Buddha that tourists buy. I lived in Taiwan for… Read more »

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Serf. Hex Vision

夏子 has a good answer.

Religion can be influence from ones natural surroundings.

Early religions worshipped things like the moon, the sun, certain stars and even nature.

As time went one more religions came around, one theological thinking increase,

Even the same religion can have sub branches, take Christianity and there sub branches, Catholic, protestant, Mormon etc. Likewise this is what happen to Chinese and Indian buddas, one view him as a thin person while the other views him as a fat person due to what they see in there surrondings.

夏子
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夏子

Because buddha had malnutrition in India~~~~~~kidding….

Before Tang dynasty, Buddha was thin in China’s art….but Tang is the most prosperous dynasty in China’s history, back then, Chinese people worship fatness …….plump women, plump buddha, they linked fatness with wealthy and strength.

Kk D
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Kk D

the buddha was thin ,but when he came to china , he became fat

<oH HAi>
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the chinese buddha eats too much stir fry food while the indian buddha relies on rice cakes and curry

micha_b3
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micha_b3

The Buddha in China is representative of two different deities, Maitreya, the Future Buddha, and the god of wealth and prosperity in China, so he has a different image than the image of the historical Buddha in India.

Also, if this is an assignment, don’t you think you should be doing research yourself instead of asking other people to do it for you?

middlestreets
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middlestreets

Is it a open question or not?I think fatness in Chinese culture means lucky or good fortune.Converts hope to get lucky when they pray from the buddha.What’s more,perhaps Chinese monks are fater than India monks,because most monks really have carefree life in the temples of Buddhism.

yuanyuan
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yuanyuan

Because the buddha in india does not eat beef and the buddha in china eats too much pork!

🙂 Joke! No offense meant…