Nabbed $7,000 Buddha statue reappears

Neighborhood staple restored

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By Ben Meyerson

Chicago Journal Editor

A $7,000 statue stolen from a home at the intersection of Harvey and Pleasant avenues in Oak Park in July has mysteriously reappeared.

The hefty concrete Buddha bust reappeared in a bin in front of original owner Cynthia Hicks' home on Nov. 19, she said.

Attached was a note: "We're sorry for taking the Buddha — the Buddha belongs to you and your family," Hicks recalled.

So, she's put the statue back where it was originally — on the corner, in front of her garage. She's resealed him to the ground, and hopes he'll stay in place.

Already, she's decorated Buddha for the season, decking him out with a red Christmas hat and hanging his trademark beads.

"He's right where he was before," Hicks said. "Everyone in the neighborhood's been coming by all excited."

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Keith J. Taylor from Oak Park, IL 60304  

Posted: December 4th, 2010 8:34 AM

Welcome back Buddha!

Violet Aura  

Posted: December 3rd, 2010 2:38 PM

@Ih8idiots: Everyone's opinion should be heard, even if you disagree w/it. I don't understand why people want to hear an echo chamber 24/7. A true democracy allows for differences of opinion. Calling that "hate speech" is a disgrace...truly it is. I don't identify as a Christian myself, but I will never disallow those who oppose my views a chance to air them and Buddha wouldn't either! You sound rather fascist and insecure, if you ask me...Namaste!

ih8idiots from undefined  

Posted: December 3rd, 2010 2:08 PM

I respectfully request that the mods delete "W"'s anti-buddhism hate speech.

Violet Aura  

Posted: December 3rd, 2010 2:02 PM

@W: Didn't you mean Pagan attire? That's okay; I got what you meant...In any case, I take this to mean that there is one Creator and that the "paraphenalia" is just secondary to the Truth.

DTK  

Posted: December 3rd, 2010 1:07 PM

Of course it doesn't make sense to you since you don't understand buddhism. What I don't get is how that statue could be worth $7K?

W  

Posted: December 3rd, 2010 12:10 AM

So you deck a Buddha statue, a statue made in the likeness of the God of Buddhism, in Christmas paraphenalia.... makes sense to me!!!!! Where's his Hanukah Menorah?

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