Why Was Buddha Fat?

Why Was Buddha Fat?

Text:  Ecclesiastes 12:1-8

             John 10:7-10

This Sunday we will be looking at the subject of desire.  In the creation stories we read that the first sin occurs when Eve sees that the fruit of the tree is good for eating.  It is pleasing to the eye.  It is desirable.

So here’s what happens with many of us.  We think to ourselves, “If I want to be   spiritual, I have to avoid sin.  And the best way to do that is to rid myself of all desire.  If I can just stop wanting food, sex, alcohol, success, pleasure or achievements, then I’ll be spiritual.  We have all read descriptions of monks and nuns submitting to starvation, freezing temperatures, and self-flagellation—all in an effort to eliminate desire. The problem with this approach is that it is more akin to Buddhism than the vision of life announced by the Bible.  The central tenet of Buddhism is the elimination of desire.  Hence our sermon title.  If Buddha believed in eliminating all desire, why do statues and paintings of him portray him looking like the Pillsbury Doughboy? 

Join with us this Sunday. Your presence is desired.

—Paul