In my neighborhood known many overweight Chinese children accompanied by their parents of normal build . These children do not follow the diet of their ancestors? They eat too many snacks as compagnetti Italian school? In some window shopping in the many East all'Esquilino are set statues of Buddha which are a different size extra large, ruddy, with a smile, happy and blissful. I think: "How had this man to become so huge? Already existed then and in that part of the world of obese people?" Before, I thought but since I live here surrounded by Asian people, mostly lean , the curiosity became alive. I started to click on the environment computer and this is what came out.
In fact, the Buddha-bellied laughing and represents Pi-pu-tai Ho-shang that signifioca Small bag-of-monaco-hemp, abbreviated Pu-tai, a Chinese Buddhist master of the Ch'an school, lived in the tenth century AD, whose real name was Tz'u Ch'i-lived and that itinerant nel'attuale province of Chekiang. The fact that Pu-tai is depicted fat does not mean that it actually was. In the culture depicted the "wise men", are represented in this way. Pu-tai had no desire to be called Ch'an master nor to gather disciples around him. Instead roamed the streets with a big bag full of hemp candy, fruit and pancakes. Sweets for distribution to children who were playing around him. Gave children and adults asked: "Give me a dime." Pu-tai in Japanese became Hotei. Arrived
lighting has earned the nickname Buddha.
Now I know that this is not the Buddha Siddhartha Gautama (563-483 BC), who, unlike Pu-tai was slender as a reed. The title comes from the root Sanskrit Buddha Budha, which means "know", "create", "wake up".
Buddha as the Christ has left nothing in writing. However, his words were recorded by his disciples and passed down to others. A lot of the confusion that this has generated, over time have formed thousands of different sects and miliaia which directly or indirectly, to claim their 'Buddhism. " However, there are two points that are unanimously accepted: that the Buddha attained supreme enlightenment and compassion, but I should say "his absolute respect" embraces all that lives ..
Buddhism does not ask his disciples, a faith, a practice of worship and unconditional consent, as it considers legitimate all other religions and does not accept intolerance.
In the same century in which Buddha taught the doctrine of contemplation and non-violence, similar ideas were preached by Confucius (Kong Fuzi 551 BC-479 BC) in China, Zoroaster (Zarathustra, around 800 BC) in Persia, by Pythagoras (575 BC-495 BC) in Greece, from Isaiah (765 BC) in Jerusalem and elsewhere in India by Mahavira (599 BC-527 BC).
Going to the Oriental Museum a stone's throw from my house was beginning to make a thousand paces distant lands. It does not end here, there are other philosophies and religions with their thoughts on the subject. Therefore more research to do.
I'm doing a culture, too bad my memory is blurred.