Today we enthusiastically announce the addition of a remarkable, beautiful new selection of cast reproductions of the ancient Asian icon, “Happy Buddha”, “Laughing Buddha”, “Fat Buddha”, or “Prosperity Buddha” statues. “Budai” in Chinese, “Hotei” in Japanese, he’s thought of as a guardian of the joy, luck, happiness, & prosperity every household hopes to attract and retain.
Hotei Buddha statues are depicted with mirth & girth, symbolic of the happiness & prosperity Budai or Hotei is thought bring to the home in Zen Buddhist, Shinto, Dao, or Taoist folk lore. It’s considered good luck to rub the “Buddha Belly” before beginning a new venture, entering into a contract, seeking a job, or taking a speculative risk; some refer to Budai or Hotei as the “Prosperity Buddha”. (more…)