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Smiling Buddha

This website is dedicated to the Smiling Buddha and Sculptures of Maitreya, and the various characteristics and benefits that these Buddha statues symbolize.

The Smiling Buddha, alternately known as the Laughing Buddha, Happy Buddha or Fat Buddha, is the common English description of the Buddhist deity identified as Budai to the Chinese, and Hotei to the Japanese. This deity is in turn a derivation of the Bodhisattva Maitreya.

The Smiling Buddha has been embraced by many Buddhist and Taoist practitioners, and the Buddha statues feature in many homes and places of worship. Believers associate the Smiling Buddha with positive characteristics such as happiness, prosperity, luck, wealth and contentment. As a result, you will find many of these Smiling Buddha statues and sculptures of Maitreya all over the place.


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