The History of Laughing Buddha



The history of Laughing Buddha is ancient and exciting. Admired for his happiness, wisdom, and plentitude, Laughing Buddha is a Chinese folkloric deity. His name literally translates to “Cloth Sack,” referring to the bag (filled with precious items) that he is typically depicted as carrying. Laughing Buddha is almost always shown smiling or laughing, suggesting his good nature and the good luck that he cultivates. A patron of the weak, poor and children, a statue of Laughing Buddha can be found near the entrance of Chinese Buddhist temples.

According to Chinese history, Budai was a monk that lived in China from 907-923 AD. Meaning “one who is awake,” the term Buddha is used to identify one who has awakened into enlightenment. At his death, he is said to have uttered a Buddhist hymn:

“Maitreya, the true Maitreya

has billions of incarnations.

Often he is shown to people at the time;

other times they do not recognize him.”

From this hymn sprung the Buddhist belief that Laughing Buddha is an incarnation of Maitreya, or future Buddha.

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