Before my visit to the Dalai Lama's temple in McLeod Ganj, I had never seen an image of Buddha so dramatically under-nourished This statue stopped me in my tracks.
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"The young prince Siddhartha left his palace in search of enlightenment and practiced for the next six years, Siddhartha wandered through the countryside studying with six teachers and practicing severe austerities. Towards the end of this period, surviving only on a single grain of rice a day, Siddhartha was reduced to skin and bones. This stage of Buddha is known as Fasting Buddha. Then, while he was fasting in the mountains he realized that severe fasting would lead him to death rather than enlightenment."
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