A great find for your home, this elegant depiction of Happy Buddha brings joy to any space. Beautifully finished, the statue is made of ceramic clay in earthy tones. The statue measures 10 inches wide and 5.5 inches tall. The image of the Laughing Buddha is based on a wandering Chinese monk, Budai Hotei, in Japanese who lived centuries ago and is believed to be Maitreya, or the Buddha to come. The statue’s plump figure and benign countenance suggest contentment, magnanimity and plenitude. Hand crafted, minor defects and variations may be present and add artistic appeal to each piece.

The laughing Buddha statue is a symbol of happiness and contentment.

The Laughing Buddha is seen in different postures, each having a different significance.

Below are some of the positions of Buddha and it’s corresponding meanings to help you decide what is the best and most appropriate Buddha statues best suited for your home decor.

  • Buddha with a money bag and a gold ingot represents wealth and good fortune.
  • The Standing Happy Buddha brings riches and happiness.
  • Buddha sitting on a large gold nugget with a smaller nugget in his hand ready for giving to others. This position of the Laughing Buddha is symbolic of good luck.
  • Buddha sitting with his fan hat on his head represents enjoyment and good fortune.
  • Buddha holding a gold ingot with his hands upright signifies abundant riches and good luck.
  • Buddha with a fan in one hand and wu lou (bottle gourd) in the other hand brings blessings and good health. The fan wards off misfortune while the wu lou protects from illness.
  • Buddha carrying a bag of gold on his shoulder symbolizes prosperity.
  • Buddha carrying a bag of blessings on his right shoulder and a fan in his left hand protects you and keeps you safe during long journeys.
  • Buddha with a travel stick in his hand protects you from harm during journeys.

Bring joy and happiness to your garden with this favorite Oriental statue. Following the principals of feng shui, it will surely be the focal point of the area.

Often called the Happy Buddha, he is really Hotei, a monk of the T’ang Dynasty. He was known for carrying a sack of candy which he handed out to children in the street. Many Chinese Buddhist believe he was an incarnation of the Buddha Maitreya.

Gautama Buddha was born in 563 b.c. in northeast India. The Buddha was the son of the King of the Sakyas. Suddhodana, who ruled at Kapilavastu, on the border of Nepal. His mother was Queen Maya. He was named Siddhartha. He lived amidst the pleasures of palace life and at age 16 he was married to Princess Yasodhara. They had a son named Rahula. After seeing a decrepid old man, an invalid, and an ascetic beggar, he learned of suffering and decided to embrace asceticism.

Soon afterwards, at age 29, Siddhartha left the palace and his family and went to a hermitage where he became the monk Gautama, or, as he is still called, Sakyamuni (The ascetic of the Sakyas). One day, meditating under a sacred fig tree, he attained perfect illumination (Bodhi). He had become a Buddha. From there on he traveled and preached for 44 years what was to become one of the main religions of the world. He died at Kusinagara at age 80.

The ideal placement of Laughing Buddha figurine is at about thirty inches in height and directly facing the main door or on a side table or corner table diagonally opposite to the front door and facing the door. It is said to be disrespectful to keep them it in the ground. Students can place the figurine on the study table for getting better results in studies. Keeping this Feng Shui Symbol on the Office or Reception table at the business place is said to bring in financial gains. This figurines need not be worshiped placement is good enough. However, many Feng shui experts’ advice not to keep the Laughing Buddha symbols in the Bedroom, Bathroom or Dining area.

Laughing Buddha plays the role to take away your worries, problems, anger, stress, pressure and sadness.

A beautiful Laughing Buddha hand-carved out of the crystal aventurine.

In Feng Shui, the Laughing Buddha, also known by Buddhists as Matreiya, is one of the most supreme symbols of joy and wellbeing. When this jolly character is placed within any home, he will do wonders for all the residents inside; in addition to revitalizing any dead or negative chi and relieving tension, he will also summon fortune and riches for all family members. The Laughing Buddha is now also displayed in the office and prominent places in business venues, such as the front counter, lobby or cashier. He is also a highly revered figure placed at the altar in many temples.

The Laughing Buddha himself is a vision of happiness; his face is always in a happy, laughing expression and his position is jolly.

The Laughing Buddha is a sure mood lifter when looked at, no matter how down one can be. Everyone could definitely use one of these in their home, office, or vehicle even!

Aventurine is a stone of strong mystical powers of comfort that heals the heart and soul. This stone has the ability to cure mental distractions, such as anger and overworked emotions, and replace those feelings with calm and clarity.

Aventurine can also heal physical problems and promote and overall wellbeing. It will also help to speed up recuperation after life-threatening diseases and serious surgeries. After making use of Aventurine, one will feel healthier and revitalized, which will lead to a better quality of life.

For those who are involved in competitive careers, this Feng Shui crystal will enhance self-confidence and leadership abilities. This will give you an edge over your competition, allowing you to summon the skills to advance in your field of work. It allows for better decision making and clever, quick thinking. It will also create a sense of joy and friendliness, which will make you more well-liked among your employees and superiors.

In Feng Shui, the Laughing Buddha can be used in many ways to best reap his abundant rewards:

1.)  If your family suffers from arguments and tensions, then an image or figurine of the Laughing Buddha will solve these problems. Simply place him in the East Sector (Family Luck) Feng Shui Bagua or a location where he can be seen when everyone is sitting around in your living room or main hall.

2.) For those who wish to enhance their luck in the aspects of wealth, self-development, wellbeing and victory, displaying the Laughing Buddha in your personal Sheng Chi direction Feng Shui Kua will serve to help you achieve your goals.

3.) When the Laughing Buddha is displayed in the Southeast Sector Feng Shui Bagua of the main hall, dining room or bedroom of your home, he will bring family members immense windfall luck and increase income.

4.) For those in competitive careers or high positions, such as CEOs or politicians, a Laughing Buddha placed in the workplace or household will serve to summon luck and eliminate enemies‘ effects. It will also allow for a clear mind and reduction of tension.

5.) The Laughing Buddha makes a very good symbol to display on the front dashboard of your vehicle; doing so will allow him the pleasure of always taking away your worries and bringing good news home with you from your ventures, as well as to keep you safe.

6.) To prevent betrayals and arguments with colleagues, display a figurine of the Laughing Buddha on your desk at work. This will also allow you to excel in your career.

7.) For students who are seeking to enhance educational luck, a Laughing Buddha positioned on the study desk will allow you to attain your academic aspirations.

8.) It is for many reasons that the Laughing Buddha makes the perfect present for almost any auspicious occasions; for people you know who are suffering through misfortunes and bad luck, the Laughing Buddha would make an perfect good luck gift.

The Laughing Buddha is known in China as Ho Tai (or as Mi Lo Fa) and is not direclty related to the historical Buddha. Ho Tai was, according to one legend, a monk who would always carry a bag full of candies, which he gave out whenever he met up with children. He was always joyful (hence he is referred to as the Laughing Buddha). And because he was a monk, and because some Asian languages use the same word for monk as they do for Buddha, there has been confusion that he is a form of the historical Buddha.

Another theory has it that he was originally a fertitlity God, or a God of Prosperity, and his round belly was a symbol for a bountiful harvest. As Buddhism spread into China from India, the local population accepted him as a saint, or a manifestation of the Future Buddha (Maitreya Buddha). In Japan he is known as Hotei and is considered one of the Seven Gods of Fortune.

It is not uncommon for shopkeepers and other people in general to rub the belly of Ho Tai in order to bring good luck or imporove sales (for merchants). Ho Tai is also condisder to be the patron saint of children as well.

In addition, many Feng Shui practitioners believe that using an image of Ho tai can help direct energy. I have heard that the Laughing Buddha is to be displayed in the Southeast corner of your home to bring good fortune.

If you are looking for a single statue that symbolizes good luck and happiness then the laughing Buddha it should be. The holy and pious Buddha is named Hotei or Pu-Tai and is also called the jolly laughing Buddha statue. The laughing Buddha statues are based on the saint monk called Zen, who lived a thousand years ago. He is worshiped in the Shinto culture. This particular saint was generous and always had an ever ready smile on his face. This saint was the one with a protruding belly and that is exactly how the happy Buddha statue is depicted.

The laughing Buddha is not only a statue but is worshiped in several temples takes a place of pride in restaurants and is worn as a lucky charm. The laughing Buddha statue showcases the forms of abundance and plentitude in one’s life along with contentment.

The Buddhists believe that he is a futuristic monk and will be able to come back to life and the earth some day. The laughing Buddha statues always have a big waistline and a contented smile on their face.

You will find the happy Buddha statue in most places, right from homes, offices, business establishments and even shops. This is so because the laughing Buddha symbolizes the wealth and abundance that come along with being happy and cheerful.

The way the laughing Buddha statue is depicted is always the same way. He is a big man and always has a sack with him, which is filled with candies, rice plants. These substances are symbolic. The laughing Buddha statues have the bag full of sweets to bring a smile on the faces of children and the rice plant depicts good luck and a way to get rid of evil and suffering. The happy Buddha statue is quite similar to Father Christmas of the West.

The laughing Buddha is also shown as an old balding man in a loose white robe. The huge stomach shows good fortune and plentiful of happy tidings. The laughing Buddha statue always in the standing position has a stick in one hand and of course the linen sack over his shoulder.

The laughing Buddha statues are mostly seen in three different positions standing, sitting or reclining. The reclining position could be a depiction of the position that was adopted by the Lord Buddha in his last days before he went ahead to attain Nirvana.

The happy Buddha statue is displayed with great pride in most homes and businesses, and sometimes you will even have the laughing Buddha seated on the Dragon throne. The Dragon throne is quite symbolic as it symbolizes the seat of power and influence in Asian cultures. There are times when you will come across the laughing Buddha statue which has gold nuggets in his arm. The gold stands for the money and wealth that the laughing Buddha statues will fetch owners of the statue.

Some of the happy Buddha statues also have other things on them besides the ones mentioned. These are a rosary to indicate the piousness and prayers undertaken, a begging bowl for the lack of materialistic possessions to lead a frugal life and a Chinese fan to show the forms of Chinese’s aristocrat life. The statue has a way of making people’s wishes come true and that is the reason it has so many followers.

Dharmachakra in Sanskrit means the ‘Wheel of Dharma’. This mudra symbolizes one of the most important moments in the life of Buddha, the occasion when he preached to his companions the first sermon after his Enlightenment in the Deer Park at Sarnath. It thus denotes the setting into motion of the Wheel of the teaching of the Dharma.

In this mudra the thumb and index finger of both hands touch at their tips to form a circle. This circle represents the Wheel of Dharma, or in metaphysical terms, the union of method and wisdom.

The three remaining fingers of the two hands remain extended. These fingers are themselves rich in symbolic significance:

The three extended fingers of the right hand represent the three vehicles of the Buddha’s teachings, namely:

  • The middle finger represents the ‘hearers’ of the teachings
  • realizers’
  • The Little finger represents the Mahayana or ‘Great Vehicle’.

The three extended fingers of the left hand symbolize the Three Jewels of Buddhism, namely, the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.

Significantly, in this mudra, the hands are held in front of the heart, symbolizing that these teachings are straight from the Buddha’s heart.