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Laughing Buddha

The statues of Buddha are popular symbols of happiness, kindness, wealth, and contentment. The Laughing Buddha statues portray a stout, smiling and bald man in robes with a largely exposed pot belly stomach. Some Laughing Buddha statues are available with children at his feet while other figurines come with a begging bowl to embody his Buddhist nature.

The Laughing Buddha is the most popular and ultimate symbol of happiness in Feng Shui and epitomizes a long and richly rewarding life. Many people believe that rubbing the tummy of the Laughing Buddha everyday would bring luck and prosperity in one’s life. It is also said to fulfill one’s wish of having a child. The statue of Laughing Buddha with five kids clinging to him epitomizes fertility for those who touch him. The popularity of the Laughing Buddha statues have reached to such an extent that it is available in different sizes in the market. Both in homes and commercial organizations Laughing Buddha statues are kept to overcome tribulations, qualms, hassles, strain, antagonism and sorrow.

History of Laughing Buddha

The celestial Buddha named Pu Tai or Ho Tai is popularly known as the ebullient Laughing Buddha. He is well-known in China as the ‘Loving One’ or the ‘Friendly One’. The ‘Laughing Buddha’ is actually a Chinese monk Ho Tai who is believed universally to be the re-incarnation of Lord Buddha. This monk has lived for more than thousand years and is believed to be a significant part of the Buddhist and Shinto culture.

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