Laughing Buddha is not worshipped or prayed to,
but just displayed as an auspicious symbol.
History of Feng Shui Budai
The Budai (also called 'Fat Buddha) is believed to be a historical figure, a Chinese Zen Buddhist monk named Qieci who lived almost 1,000 years ago during the end of Liang Dynasty. In China he was known as Budai (or PuTai), which means cloth bag, named after the bag he always carried. He was a generous man who devoted his entire life in helping others, and is portrayed as a fat, bald man donning monks clothing, with a huge bulging belly, and wearing or holding a beads necklace.
What is Feng Shui Budai
Budai represents health, prosperity, happiness, and good fortune. These statues take several forms, and can communicate different meanings based on the symbolic meaning of the several objects he is possessing.
Several Name of Feng Shui Budai
Best identified by his projected belly and ever green grin, the Budai provides with several Feng Shui benefits for your home. Known by several names i.e. Ho Tei, Hotai, laughing Buddha and happy Buddha, he is a symbol of prosperity, good fortune and contentment.
Symbols Associated with Feng Shui Budai
Feng Shui Budai is often witnessed with a large sack. This sack is filled with blessings. It contains many valuables which he distributes open heartedly. The sack is the symbol of wealth, and the fulfillment of wishes. Budai holds a bowl above his head to get abundance from the heavens. The wish-giving fan represents joy. Budai waves the fan to drive away troubles. The Wu-Lou gourd, or gourd of enlightenment displays the joy of youth for long life. The wealth ball represents a pearl. It is a symbol of the biggest treasure of all, wisdom.
Benefits of Feng Shui Budai
Feng Shui experts recommend that placing the Budai in the living room or family room is of utmost benefit. The Budai should be placed facing the main door to the home. This way it will channel good fortune while direct misfortune out the door. This is also a nice area to enable the Budai to soak negative chi and vibrate auspicious energy.
Don't place him in the bathroom it will flush your wealth down the toilet!
Lucky Mascot in China and Taiwan
The Feng Shui Budai’s image is a constant fixture in homes in the entire China and Taiwan and you will not find a single Chinese restaurant where a Feng Shui Budai statue is not prominently displayed. His fat belly is rubbed for "good luck" and is believed to grant wishes to those looking for prosperity. It's said that the larger the Feng Shui Budai’s belly, the more prominently the wish will be fulfilled. The delightful image of the Budai will bring positive and strong energy to a room.
Right Placement is Necessary