Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sepia Scenes #57



My Sepia Scenes post for today features "The Laughing Buddha" standing in a garden in Hawaii in 1990. I took this shot with a Pentax SLR film camera.


Laughing Buddha
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Waikoloa, Hawaii


Budai (Chinese: 布袋; pinyin: bùdài), pronounced Hotei in Japanese, is a Chinese folkloric deity. His name is Chinese for Calico Bag, after the bag that he carries. He is almost always shown smiling or laughing, hence his nickname in Chinese, the Laughing Buddha (Chinese: 笑佛). In the English speaking countries, he is popularly known also as the Fat Buddha.

Budai is often depicted as having the appearance of a fat bald man wearing a robe and wearing or otherwise carrying prayer beads. He carries his few possessions in a cloth sack, being poor but content. His figure appears throughout Chinese culture as a representation of contentment. His image graces many temples, restaurants, amulets, and businesses.

However, the "Fat Buddha" is not the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, and strictly speaking the statue is not an idol. Buddha means "one who has achieved a state of perfect enlightenment" and there are several people who have been given the title. Gautama lived from around B.C. 560 to B.C. 480, it was not until around 127 BC that statues actually depicting him became prevalent. Before that, and still today, statues of the Bodhi Tree and other objects associated with his life were common. Of course by then nobody knew what he really looked like, he was from a noble family and had been described as tall, slender, and of "manly build."

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22 comments:

Mikabella said...

Oh! First out today! :) Happy SepiaScense to you all!

Manang Kim said...

Yay, Im the 2nd person to post for sepia scene. Mine is up:

My Life’s Journey in Focus

Small City Scenes said...

Perfect!! Rub his belly for good luck. MB

Mojo said...

Ironically, Siddhattha Gautama was born a prince -- of a warrior clan no less -- in what became modern day Nepal near the Indian border (and actually a part of India at the time).

It was not until after he was married (by arrangement) and fathered a son (which fulfilled his obligation to his father and his wife according to the traditions of the time) that he departed on his quest for perfect enlightenment.

There's a pretty good thumbnail history at http://www.crystalinks.com/buddha.html

Annie said...

And he even adorns black t-shirts. I got one for the DH who is tall and slender and has a bit of a belly. The laughing buddha on the t-shirt invites you to "rub my belly".

kaye said...

And a happy photo it is. I appreciate all the time and effort you put into hosting your meme's each week. I have a little something for you today.

Marice said...

awww thats cute :) nice capture!

Paula said...

A great choice for a sepia scene, I just so happens that I especially like the Laughing Buddha. Thanks for hosting for yet another week!

Ralph said...

This tubby Buddah is laughing off his tubby appearance. He is closer to the 'normal' looks of many of us, and looks just right in sepia...

Day4plus said...

You asked if I had to get up early to capture the sun----actually that was the sun setting on our western waters. MB

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I have a friend who practices Tibetan Buddhism and his Buddha is definitely the skinnier version.

Icy BC said...

That's beautiful photos! The Buddha is quite a happy one.

judi said...

I like happy anythings!

Gunsside - Norway said...

Good choice for a sepia scene
Thanks for hosting for yet another week!

Irishcoda said...

Hi, I wasn't able to paste my entry into Mr. Linky--not sure why. Anyway, I'm a first time participant and my Sepia Scene is here

Patti said...

Like your new header! That's cool that you went to Hawaii. It must have been beautiful there. I wouldn't care for the long flight though!

This guy is cute and makes me smile. ;-)

Happy Sepia Scenes, thanks for hosting!

napaboaniya said...

He's also known as the Laughing Buddha bringing happiness to all :)
Rub his tummy for wealth, rub his ears for longevity...
Nice shot in sepia!

hip chick said...

I like the Buddha in sepia. I love the quote in your header! That is one I need to remember to put into active use in my life.

Blessing Reflections said...

Love that statue of the Buddha!

Sherrie said...

Hi Mary,
Love your photo this week! Very handsome in sepia. Have a great day!

Sherrie
A View of My Life

Heidi said...

Mary what a wonderful post! I learned a lot and I love that. I had no idea that Budai was a title. And how amazing is that translation. I would have never known.
Your picture is wonderful. I really need to invest in a slr camera sometime. They take such great pictures!
If you'd like to stop by my blog I'm at Cake Crumbs.

Mo said...

Hi Mary,
Sorry I've been absent from blogging/your memes for a while - had to take a break.
The past couple days, I've been helping Eyad with a new blog for his photography.
I included a link to Sepia Scenes in the how-to sepia post at
Eyad's Photography Blog
Check it out if you get a chance.
Cheers,
Mo