When I was little, I had this little colorful Buddha statue.
It wasn’t a statue of the serene sitting Buddha, but rather a Buddha statue of what’s generally considered “the laughing Buddha,” usually represented as a fat laughing man standing up with his arms stretching towards the sky.
I used to delightfully glance at him every time I passed by, and his presence always put a smile on my face.
Like many others in the West, I grew up with limited concepts around Buddhism and my understanding of Buddhism could have remained as a delightful jet superficial appreciation for a fat man with his arms in the air putting a smile to my face.
Despite all my initial misconceptions, I continued to be interested in Buddhism growing up, until one day, I went to a dharma center and started my journey of meditation and sutra recitations. I stopped learning from the collective misconceptions of the Western consciousness and began learning from real practitioners.
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