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___ Laughing Buddha, Budai

Budai (Chinese: 布袋; pinyin: bùdài) also known as the Laughing Buddha.

Laughing Buddha
A Laughing Buddha made of Jade, Budai. Photo © Valeska Gehrmann
Laughing Buddha

A Laughing Buddha is the ultimate symbol of happiness, taking away any problem, symbolizing good fortune, wealth in private and career, life fulfillment.
Budai is regarded to be an incarnation of the Bodhisattva Maitreya.

Bodhisattva (being of bodhi or enlightenment); Bodhisattva Maitreya (a yet to become Buddha, a future Buddha, who has to appear on Earth, achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma, the "higher truth" or ultimate reality of the universe.)

The Laughing Buddha has become a deity of contentment and abundance, when adopted by religious Taoists and Buddhists.

Budai is almost always represented as carrying a cloth or linen sack, which never empties, hence he became the ultimate symbol of happiness and wealth.

According to Chinese mythology, the Laughing Buddha belongs, like Guan Yin, to the group of deities with Buddhist appellation.

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