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 many > 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! ------------------------------------ Current Book Discussion: any Zen book that you recently have read or are reading! Talk about it today!Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/ <*> Your email settings: Individual Email | Traditional <*> To change settings online go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/join (Yahoo! ID required) <*> To change settings via email: mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/