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Smiling BuddhaThis 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.

  • Visit our Buddha History page if you want to learn more about the history and evolution of the Smiling Buddha, and his growing importance to the Eastern religions.

  • Visit our Happiness page if you want to learn more about how the Smiling Buddha or Maitreya has come to symbolize happiness and prosperity.

  • Visit our Buddha Statues page if you want to find out more about the various available Laughing Buddha Statues and the different types of sculpture of Maitreya.

  • Visit our Quotes page for a list of inspirational quotes based happiness, the Laughing Buddha and Feng Shui that will motivate you.

  • Visit our Resources page if you want to read up more about the Maitreya and study more about this figure via articles, books or other online resources.

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