Posted by Sergio (18.104.22.168) on April 25, 2000 at 04:06:05:
In Reply to: Decorative Buddha statues in the bars and restaurants, should they be there? posted by Sky on April 25, 2000 at 03:37:48:
You must be probably talking about a fat statue, which is NOT Buddha. This statue is seen in Chinese restaurants very often, and it is a very fat man with a bag under his feet. This is MI FU, which is often confused with the Buddha in westerns countries. Buddha was not fat. MI FU represents abundance, he is the god of abundance, and it is said that he brings happiness and money (good luck). But he is confused with Buddha very often. But he has not ANY relationship with Buddhism.
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Have you been to one? I've heard that there is one in France, but in Portland, Oregon, another cuisine with "Buddha theme" was just opened up. The bar and restaurant names Terra, selling French/Asian/Japenese cuisine with the Buddha image on the ads and the big Buddha statue decorated inside the place. How do you Buddhist folks feel about this "trend"? How come I've never seen any eatery that came up with other religions' leaders "theme" like those two above? Is it appropriate for Buddha statue to be in there? Can someone please open my eyes on this?
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