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Corvus
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Corvus

This scares me so few people know who the actual Buddha was.

stbb
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stbb

Mind Streams of all Buddhas could appear in any forms, at the most appropriate time, to please or to assist sentient beings to elevate their mind capacity. The fat Buddha is a monk named “Butai”, who appeared in Tang Dynasty of China, who acted very much like Santa Claus of our times. (PS. “Butai” literally means bag made out of cloth.) No one knew of his real name, he appeared out of nowhere and never talked about his past. He usually lived around the market area on the street, hardly slept, hardly needed any food substances, and never seemed to… Read more »

neil s
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neil s

That’s the Bodhisattva Hoti, not Buddha.

sadistdave
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sadistdave

Legend has it that Buddha was very fat when he died, and that his body was encased in gold. After several years, they opened the golden tomb that encased him, and he was whole, but thin.

I have no idea how accurate this is. Hopefully a Buddhist will be able to give you the whole story.

-SD-

Kelly says Merry Mithras!
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Kelly says Merry Mithras!

Being heavy is a sign of good fortune & abundance, but Buddha is often confused with the fat Japanese god of fortune Hoti or Hotei. The “fat buddha” that most see is not THE Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (who was thin). If you’ll look at the fat buddha, you’ll see he usually has a sack on his back. Which is actually in reference to Hotei, Pu-Tai, and Mi-Le-Fo (which means Cloth Sack.)

Buddha just means “one who has achieved a state of perfect enlightenment”.

strykerius
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strykerius

Because he’s santa.

Austen
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Austen

Good question. Maybe after the 20-something years of eating just rice he wanted some fried chicken and cheeseburgers =)

But look here

http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/20773

Valtor (Atheist)
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Valtor (Atheist)

Perhaps it is because the West tends to connect jolliness and happiness with being overweight (ex: Santa Claus)

Tim S
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Tim S

Sumo wrestlers were thought to be powerful men, and so they portrayed Buddha as a sumo.

LHOOQ
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LHOOQ

It’s a symbol of prosperity. Yes, he was thin.