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Fasting Buddha

Posted by
: Helen : (ATM Helen is photographing in, Australia) on 15 June 2012 in Lifestyle & Culture.

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."

Canon EOS 40D 1/15 second F/5.6 ISO 800 120 mm

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Rupesh from kudal, India

great one...!!

15 Jun 2012 11:01am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

One grain of rice per day??
Beats some of today's crazy diets :-)

15 Jun 2012 11:14am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

impressive picture and story.
The question remains, is it possible to feed billions in a just an humane way without wiping the planet out?

15 Jun 2012 11:46am

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

You might enjoy this, Helen

15 Jun 2012 4:02pm