A quick PSA, because working in a New Age store I realize a lot of people don’t know this. Keep in mind this is the simple version.
The fella on the left-hand side, that’s Gautama Buddha, the Buddha, the central figure in Buddhism. Note that he is not considered a god, but a teacher and spiritual leader, the first to attain Enlightenment in his era. Note also how thin he is. This is because the Buddha fasted a lot. He was born Siddhartha Gautama. Buddha is a title, and not actually his name.
The fella on the right-hand side is not Buddha. This is a common misconception in the West. That is Hotai (or Budai or Hotei depending on the language), a Buddhist monk from China and folkloric hero. Hotai is thought by many to be a Buddha, but he is not the Buddha. Unlike Buddha, Hotai actually is revered as a god in Chinese folklore, although not in Buddhist practice.
This post is based on things I’ve been taught by my Buddhist coworker but if I forgot or mixed up something important and you are Buddhist and you notice, please let me know.
This has been an informational post. Have a nice day.
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD EVERYONE READ THIS. READ IT. LEARN IT. PREACH IT.
I AM SO TIRED OF EVERYONE BELIEVING THIS MISCONCEPTION.
People always ask me why I call him Budai. PEOPLE NEVER FUCKING GET IT.
IM MOVING TO ATLANTA
AGAIN! This man is running a spin class, not on the bike, and STILL getting his workout on, like… I’m moving to Atlanta too, shit.
This is the kind of activities that make or break friendships.
"Aye girl you wanna grab a drink after work?"
"BITCH YOU KNOW I GOT SPIN CLASS AT 6"
that twerk gave me killed me then brought me back to life
this made my day to be honest
my kind of workout
If I could be in that class, I’d never miss a workout
everything about this is magnificent
Reason #23450 that I need to move to Atlanta