I can appreciate your perspective on this.  I know when I relate my 
knowledge of this subject, I am just relating what I have been 
taught and read from others. As well as placing my my own 
perspective and flavor to the mix. The Buddha, like Jesus to many, 
is a creation of many interpretations over many lifetimes. We can 
only follow their teachings if we choose to accept them, regardless 
of whether or not they actually taught them at all. 

--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, "Bill Smart" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> Whatever the case, you can be sure that ALL the statues created of 
> whatever Buddha you choose were sculpted a long time after the 
> subject individual (if there was one) lived and died.  I believe 
> of these stories are composites of different individuals with 
> some 'hype' thrown in.  The statues are someone's idea.  They're a 
> stylized version of Buddha:  thin to show acestics, fat to show 
> happiness/contentment, etc...
> This doesn't mean they're wrong or bad, just that they're stylized 
> concepts of Buddha - like Maya in granite.
> ...Bill!


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