Laughing Buddha Statue

 

 

Laughing Buddha Statues are perhaps one of the most loved artifacts. They are commonly seen in homes, offices, hotels, gardens, restaurants and shops.

The Laughing Buddha is a symbol of happiness, contentment, and prosperity. He is bald a rotund figure with a warm smiling face. He is clothed in robes, and his protruding tummy symbolizes abundance and mirth. He is also believed to be the future Buddha or Maitreya Buddha .

Sculptures and statues of the Laughing Buddha often depict him as carrying a sack that is filled with ‘goodies' like sweets, food and rice plants. The latter is a symbol of wealth. He is sometimes seen holding a wish-giving fan. The fan in Laughing Buddha Statues is believed to be the ultimate symbol of happiness and joy. The Happy Buddha is also depicted holding a staff on which rests a Wulu gourd. This is believed to be filled with the elixir for eternal youth. Often, he holds a begging bow. His amulet symbolizes his authority in Heaven and his generous power.

Happy Buddha statues often also depict children playing at his feet. The Laughing Buddha on a cart being pulled by children is another depiction. The other common postures are the sitting Laughing Buddha, the standing Laughing Buddha and the Laughing Buddha with his arms in the air.

 

The Laughing Buddha is also known as the Laughing Buddha of Plenty. In Feng Shui, he is the symbol for wealth. It is believed that rubbing his tummy which contains wealth, luck, good fortune and joy will be ours. Laughing Buddha statues are popular house warming gifts. They are also used as good luck charms. It is commonly held that statues of the Laughing Buddha must not be placed on the floor. They must be positioned on an elevated surface, as a sign of respect. Moreover, the best direction to place them is the personal wealth direction.


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