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The Lucky Fat Laughing Buddha Statue - History, Significance and Placement

Updated on April 25, 2015

What is the Laughing Buddha?

The Laughing Buddha is the fat, jolly, bald feng shui symbol used in homes and offices for good luck, prosperity, success, happiness, health, and for everything that is positive in life.

This very cute and lovable character can be found in a variety of feng shui products, including keychains, amulets, bells, necklaces, and of course, in the form of statues. While some people place the statue in their homes to bring in some good luck, others just think of them as a beautiful addition to their home décor.

Keep in mind, however, that the Laughing Buddha is not related to Gautam Buddha, the saint on whose teachings the Buddhism religion is founded on. So, how and where from did this cute character originate? Let's find out.

The fat laughing Buddha is a symbol of good luck.
The fat laughing Buddha is a symbol of good luck. | Source

The History and Origin of the Laughing Buddha

This celestial Buddha, named Pu-Tai or Hotei, seems to have emerged in China in the 10th century. It is believed to be based on a Zen monk by the name of Ch'i-t'zu, or Qieci. He was an eccentric but a loving and friendly monk who could do a little bit of magic and miracles.

He used to carry around a sack full of sweets and other good things for children. This is what gave him the name of Pu-Tai or Budai, which basically means "hempen sack".

Considered to be the protector of children and the poor, he came to be known as Hotei and as one of the Seven Lucky Gods of Shinto in Japan. Just before his death, he is believed to have revealed himself as the reincarnation of the Maitreya or the Future Buddha.

Pu-tai represents happiness, generosity, wealth and abundance and is considered to be one of the best feng shui symbols for the home. So, if you want to add a unique and adorable character to your home décor which is a harbinger of health and success, get the happy Buddha for yourself.

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What to Consider While Buying the Laughing Buddha

You can recognize the Laughing Buddha with the help of his protruding belly and a jolly smile.

In feng shui, it is believed that the Laughing Buddha statue absorbs the negative chi and releases positive energies. This brings about good luck, success, prosperity, and abundance for the residents of the house.

This adorable figurine with its jolly laughter is available in a variety of materials. This feng shui product can be made from metal, resin, rock crystal, porcelain, etc. Choose the material and color of your Laughing Buddha statue depending on the décor of your house.

According to legend, rubbing the protruding belly of the Laughing Buddha will bring you luck, wealth and prosperity. This is why most feng shui experts suggest buying a large statue, ideally 2-3 feet. It just makes it easy to rub the belly of this cute little figurine.

This feng shui product is available in various forms. Sometimes, there are small children at his feet while at other times he has a begging bowl in his hands.

The statue with a pot of gold is considered to be good for attracting money into your home.

He may sometimes be sitting on a cart drawn by boys with an oogi in his hands. The oogi is a fan that grants wishes. So, if you have a wish that you really want granted, buy this Laughing Buddha statue.

For curing sickness and bringing good health, buy it with a Wu Lou or a gourd. It is considered to be a giver of life and is a potent feng shui cure for health and longevity.

Laughing Buddha is not related to Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.
Laughing Buddha is not related to Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. | Source

Placement of the Laughing Buddha

This good luck charm should never be placed on the ground. It is considered to be disrespectful. It is usually not to be used in the bathroom or the bedroom.

The right placement for the Laughing Buddha statue is facing the main door.

Since Ch'i-t'zu is considered to be the protector of children, place one in your children's study room. It will protect your children and enhance their chances of academic success.

Where to Buy Laughing Buddha Statues

You can easily buy these or any other feng shui products online. These are available at prices that are much cheaper than what you find at your nearest store. As mentioned above, you can find this feng shui product in various shapes, sizes, materials, and forms.

Take a look at some of the most popular figures of the Laughing Buddha and choose the one that fits with your home décor and is the most suitable for your requirements.

Get your Laughing Buddha Now!

So, go ahead and buy a Laughing Buddha statue. Choose the one that is your favorite and make sure to place it close to your main door. Even if you don't believe in feng shui, this loving and friendly character can sure be a lovely way to greet you when you come back home from a hard day's work!

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