Laughing Buddha

This striked me just now..

Laughing Buddha Tattoo Design

How many of you know about the laughing buddha?? I guess a lot of us would know about him.. Popularly known as Laughing buddha. Hotei or Pu-Tai is popularly known as the jolly laughing buddha all over the world.

What kinda history does he have??

Hotei is based on an eccentric Chinese Ch’an (Zen) monk who lived over 1,000 years ago and has become a significant part of Buddhist and Shinto culture. Because of this monk’s benevolent nature, he came to be regarded as an incarnation of the bodhisattva who will be Maitreya (the Future Buddha). His large protruding stomach and jolly smile have given him the common designation “Laughing Buddha.”

Various forms of Laughing buddha

* Laughing Buddha statues depict a stout, smiling or laughing bald man in robes with a largely exposed pot belly stomach, which symbolizes happiness, good luck, and plenitude.
* Some sculpture has small children at his feet.
* Another item that is usually seen with the Laughing Buddha figure is a begging bowl to represent his Buddhist nature.
* In some scenes the Laughing Buddha may be found sitting on a cart drawn by boys, or wielding a fan called an oogi (said to be a “wish giving” fan — in the distant past, this type of fan was used by the aristocracy to indicate to vassals that their requests would be granted). All of these images display Hotei as a wandering monk who goes around and takes the sadness from people of this world.
Unknown Fact:

According to legend, if one rubs the Laughing Buddha’s great belly, it brings forth wealth, good luck, and prosperity. Hotei is also referred to as the patron saint of restaurateurs, fortunetellers and bartenders. When one overeats or over drinks, friends jokingly attribute it to the Laughing Buddha’s influence.

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One Comment on “Laughing Buddha”

  1. Hey Jay,
    I love this Buddha!! I m thinking about getting a buddha done and I love this design!!

    Thanks, Charlie!!

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