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About Buddha

Ready for your mind to be blown? Buddha was not chubby, he was not Oriental, he was not bald, and he was perhaps not laughing all the time. If you have ever wondered why Buddha, who is supposed to be from India and very skinny from his ascetic lifestyle, is always depicted as a large, laughing Asian man, the simple answer is that the latter is actually not Buddha at all, but rather a Chinese historical figure named Budai. Despite living roughly 1,500 years apart, being two completely different ethnicities, and having very different body types, throughout history, many have confused Budai with Buddha. Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, is Siddhartha Gautama, a man who is believed by Buddhists to be the first person to reach enlightenment in the fifth century BCE. You can get many depictions of Gautama by either buying Buddha statues, a Buddha painting, or another collectible item from the immense selection on eBay. If you want to get more in touch with Eastern mysticism, a representation of the Buddha can help you on your quest.