The statue of a fat laughing Buddha is often displayed in homes, temples, restaurants and other businesses. According to legend, if one rubs the Laughing Buddha’s belly it can bring forth wealth, good luck, and prosperity. It is also a commonly held belief that the Laughing Buddha figurine can absorb negative Chi and emanate positive energy. You may hear the Laughing Buddha alternatively referred to as the Happy Buddha, Maitreya, Hotei (in Japan ), or Pu-Tai (in China ).
Who is the Fat Laughing Buddha?
Usually when people refer to “The Buddha” they are speaking of Siddhartha Gautama, an Indian prince who became the founder of Buddhism in 520 B.C.E. Today, Buddhism has over 375 million followers and is currently listed as the world’s fourth largest religion.
Interestingly, however, the Laughing Buddha is not the same as Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism. Rather, the character is thought to be based on an historical Chinese Buddhist monk who lived more than 1,000 years ago. Despite the fact that the Laughing Buddha is not the Gautama Buddha, there still is a link between these two Buddhas as some strings of Buddhism regard the Laughing Buddha as an earlier incarnation of the Maitreya Buddha who is predicted to succeed Siddhartha Gautama to become the next Buddha in a future age.
Proper Placement of the Laughing Buddha
For centuries fat laughing Buddha statues have been believed to bring good fortune to the homes and businesses of those that display them. The mere sight of this spiritual statue can sometimes instill feelings of impending luck and good-will in the minds of its onlookers. For others, the statue of the fat laughing Buddha is simply a beautiful decorative piece to accentuate their living spaces. Whatever your inclination is for purchasing a laughing Buddha statue , experts agree that due care must be given to the placement of the statue in your home or business.
According to Feng Shui theory, for instance, the ideal placement for the Laughing Buddha statue in your home is directly opposite the main door in the living room. This way, the Buddha will be the first thing a person sees as he enters his house. Additionally, it is said that the Laughing Buddha should be positioned on an elevated surface, since placing it directly on the ground would be considered a sign of disrespect.
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