1. SubscriberGhost of a Duke
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    05 Feb '17 15:361 edit
    Okay, so some chap from a different religion sees one of those comical fat statues of a friar monk and refers to it as representing Jesus Christ. Would you be offended?

    Then why is it not offensive for Christians to view one of those comical fat statues of a Buddhist monk and refer to it as representing the Buddha?! (This has occurred a couple of times in this forum, the last quite recently).

    The Buddha is as far removed from the 'fat Buddhist monk' as Jesus is from the 'fat Friar' swigging from a jar of mead. Any brief study of the Buddha's life would make this quite apparent. (The fat monk is usually based on the eccentric monk Hotei, not the Buddha).
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    05 Feb '17 15:37
    Originally posted by Ghost of a Duke
    Okay, so some chap from a different religion sees one of those comical fat statues of a friar monk and refers to it as representing Jesus Christ. Would you be offended?

    Then why is it not offensive for Christians to view one of those comical fat statues of a Buddhist monk and refer to it as representing the Buddha?! (This has occurred a couple of ...[text shortened]... his quite apparent. (The fat monk is usually based on the eccentric monk Hotei, not the Buddha).
    What have you got against monks or fatness?
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    05 Feb '17 15:40
    Originally posted by divegeester
    What have you got against monks or fatness?
    This thread has immediately turned round and bitten me on the posterior!

    😳
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    05 Feb '17 16:49
    Originally posted by Ghost of a Duke
    Okay, so some chap from a different religion sees one of those comical fat statues of a friar monk and refers to it as representing Jesus Christ. Would you be offended?

    Then why is it not offensive for Christians to view one of those comical fat statues of a Buddhist monk and refer to it as representing the Buddha?! (This has occurred a couple of ...[text shortened]... his quite apparent. (The fat monk is usually based on the eccentric monk Hotei, not the Buddha).
    mmmmmead 😀
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    05 Feb '17 17:46
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    mmmmmead 😀
    When I encounter you in a thread entitled 'fat Buddhist monk' I can't help but chuckle.
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    05 Feb '17 18:00
    Originally posted by Ghost of a Duke
    When I encounter you in a thread entitled 'fat Buddhist monk' I can't help but chuckle.
    Ha I have prayed to become skinny again!
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    05 Feb '17 18:41
    Originally posted by Ghost of a Duke
    Okay, so some chap from a different religion sees one of those comical fat statues of a friar monk and refers to it as representing Jesus Christ. Would you be offended?

    Then why is it not offensive for Christians to view one of those comical fat statues of a Buddhist monk and refer to it as representing the Buddha?! (This has occurred a couple of ...[text shortened]... his quite apparent. (The fat monk is usually based on the eccentric monk Hotei, not the Buddha).
    The image is not that important. The practice and the teachings are.
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    05 Feb '17 20:08
    Originally posted by Ghost of a Duke
    This thread has immediately turned round and bitten me on the posterior!

    😳
    Haha
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    05 Feb '17 21:27
    Originally posted by Ghost of a Duke
    Okay, so some chap from a different religion sees one of those comical fat statues of a friar monk and refers to it as representing Jesus Christ. Would you be offended?

    Then why is it not offensive for Christians to view one of those comical fat statues of a Buddhist monk and refer to it as representing the Buddha?! (This has occurred a couple of ...[text shortened]... his quite apparent. (The fat monk is usually based on the eccentric monk Hotei, not the Buddha).
    Some people just don't have a sense of humor. If I heard someone refer to the fat monk as Jesus, i'ld laugh. And i'm sure a Buddhist Monk, would also laugh.

    Personally, a good laugh is good for the soul
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    05 Feb '17 21:27
    Originally posted by BigDoggProblem
    The image is not that important. The practice and the teachings are.
    Exactly!!!
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    06 Feb '17 02:50
    Originally posted by Ghost of a Duke
    Okay, so some chap from a different religion sees one of those comical fat statues of a friar monk and refers to it as representing Jesus Christ. Would you be offended?

    Then why is it not offensive for Christians to view one of those comical fat statues of a Buddhist monk and refer to it as representing the Buddha?! (This has occurred a couple of ...[text shortened]... his quite apparent. (The fat monk is usually based on the eccentric monk Hotei, not the Buddha).
    There have been many Buddha's, even several female, thru time. Siddhartha, or as I like to call him, "Sid the Kid", was the probable founder of Buddhism. I have always felt that Hotei, or Bodai, was a reminder that life need not be taken so seriously. Laugh, dance and joyous celebration is just as much a part of life as aging, sickness and death.
    Siddhartha is not god (to me). When asked if he was god or even a god his reply was "I am awake".
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    07 Feb '17 01:04
    Originally posted by Ghost of a Duke
    When I encounter you in a thread entitled 'fat Buddhist monk' I can't help but chuckle.
    For some reason this reminds me of Chelsea fans singing "you're just a fat Spanish waiter" at Rafa Benitez
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    07 Feb '17 01:53
    Buddha was born privileged. He did rise above that handicap, but I'm pretty sure he was never underfed.The laughing fat man!
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    07 Feb '17 06:07
    Originally posted by apathist
    Buddha was born privileged. He did rise above that handicap, but I'm pretty sure he was never underfed.The laughing fat man!
    Guatama starved himself to near death for 6 years before finding the "middle path"

    The fat Buddha teaches other lessons. Diversity is at the heart of Buddhism. The trancsedance of the physical is reflected on the inside of the "body" and can only be seen through the eyes and not by any other noticeable physical features.
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    07 Feb '17 08:47
    Originally posted by karoly aczel
    Guatama starved himself to near death for 6 years before finding the "middle path"

    The fat Buddha teaches other lessons. Diversity is at the heart of Buddhism. The trancsedance of the physical is reflected on the inside of the "body" and can only be seen through the eyes and not by any other noticeable physical features.
    Nice post.
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