What's the fat buddha's real name?

Discussion in 'Eastern Philosophy' started by Oniw17, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. Oniw17 ascetic, sage, diogenes, bum? Valued Senior Member

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    The chinese guy who people call Buddha, I can't remember his name; I think it starts with an H. I keep thinking it's Hentei or something similar. Does anyone know the figure I'm talking about?
     
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  3. Oli Heute der Enteteich... Registered Senior Member

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    Very probably not Hentai - that's Japanese for "pervert" :)
     
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  5. spidergoat ... Valued Senior Member

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  6. Oniw17 ascetic, sage, diogenes, bum? Valued Senior Member

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    That's it, thank you.
     
  7. EmptyForceOfChi Banned Banned

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    the fat bastard is not a buddha though, i learned that on sciforums :D. he might have eaten a buddha though.

    peace.
     
  8. one_raven God is a Chinese Whisper Valued Senior Member

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    You learned incorrectly.
     
  9. VitalOne Banned Banned

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    The fat Buddha is not Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism...he was around 6ft tall and athletically fit throughout his life....
     
  10. EmptyForceOfChi Banned Banned

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    isnt he called hotei?, one of the 7 lucky shinto gods of japan?. often called the laughing buddha, but was never actualy a real person. just a legendary shinto god figure?


    peace.
     
  11. Wisdom_Seeker Speaker of my truth Valued Senior Member

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    It is the same Buddha, but the representation is called "Hotei". It is a very figurative interpretation of the Buddha, the "fat quality" means prosperity; but the Buddha was not fat at all, he is said to have fasted his stomach out.
     
  12. one_raven God is a Chinese Whisper Valued Senior Member

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    No it's not.
    It is Hotei.
    Chi is right.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotei

    Hotei (Budai) was, however, an arhant, according to legend.

    He was a Chinese Zen (Chán) monk, later incoprorated into Shinto and Taoism.

    Whether or not the Chinese monk was a real person is as up to debate as whether or not Jesus or Siddhartha was a real person.
     
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  13. Wisdom_Seeker Speaker of my truth Valued Senior Member

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    I should have made just a little more of research, but that wiki article is interesting stuff.
     
  14. one_raven God is a Chinese Whisper Valued Senior Member

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    So what you said was just an assumption you made?
    Why did you say it as if it were truth?
     
  15. Wisdom_Seeker Speaker of my truth Valued Senior Member

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    Because I have heard that before, in a mere conversation, like this one. I never even researched it, silly me. I was not wrong about the prosperity part though, it is a mere representation of the dude´s virtues, not the real physical man; like every other Eastern statue.

    Why do you ask? It is fun to throw it in my face? I was wrong man, geeez. (just having a little fun here :p)
     
  16. Wisdom_Seeker Speaker of my truth Valued Senior Member

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    Actually, it is fun to see how stuff gets messed up with oral tradition. I used to think that was Gautam Buddha, the "fat Buddha", but I used to think that was actually the physical representation of the guy. Then someone told me that it was not the physical, just the representation of the guy´s virtues, but the person that told me that also told me that was Gautam Buddha.
    So I had many people telling me that that was Gautam, I never researched it; I guess I should stop trusting people now...
     
  17. one_raven God is a Chinese Whisper Valued Senior Member

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    Chinese Whispers.

    Don't stop trusting people, just stop having blind faith in people's knowledge. :D
     
  18. Wisdom_Seeker Speaker of my truth Valued Senior Member

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    I´ll take that advice :cool:
     

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