Laughing Buddha can be optimally found in or placed at: auspicious sectors, living room, work areas, entrance, areas of rest and recuperation. Any place of proper respect is also an ideal location for the Laughing Buddha. Hotei or Bu-Dai is better known in the English-speaking world as the obese Laughing Buddha. In China, he is dubbed the Loving or Friendly One. He has become incorporated into Buddhist & Shinto culture and is based on an eccentric Chinese Chan monk. His image graces many temples, restaurants, and amulets. Hotei has become a deity of contentment and abundance. Hotei also persists in Japanese folklore as one of the Seven Lucky Gods (Shichi Fukujin). His presence is seen and very popular in many asian countries around the world.
The Laughing Buddha derives from the time of Sakyamuni Buddha, where there was a monk named Angida, who was one of the 18 Arhats of Buddhism. According to legend Angida was a talented Indian snake catcher whose aim was to catch venomous snakes to prevent them from biting passers-by. Angida would also remove the snake's venomous fangs and release them. Due to his kindness, he was able to attain bodhi. Both Hotei and Angida have similar resemblences, as they both are obese, seen laughing and carry a bag.
Laughing Buddha Names:
Hotei,Bu-Dai,Laughing Buddha, Prosperity Buddha, Abundance Buddha, Wealth Buddha
Laughing Buddha Information:
The Laughing Buddha
Hotei or Bu-Dai is better known in the English-speaking world as the obese Laughing Buddha. In China, he is dubbed the Loving or Friendly One. He has become incorporated into Buddhist & Shinto culture and is based on an eccentric Chinese Chan monk. His image graces many temples, restaurants, and...feng shui deity full article >>>
Laughing Buddha: Imagery
The image of Hotei is almost always seen carrying a cloth or linen sack, which never empties, and is filled with many precious items, including rice plants (indicating wealth), sweets for children, food, and the woes of the world. Sometimes it can be filled with children, as they are seen as some of...feng shui deity full article >>>
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