Laughing Buddha (Wealth & Long Life)
Buddha stands on a bag of blessings, holding his Ru-Yi begging pot and a wealth ball or peach. This one is called “Long Life Buddha.”
It is told that if you rub his stomach daily he will see to it that your wishes are granted.
Height: 8,5 cm
Weight: 61 g
The Laughing Buddha has become a common and popular name for Budai. Some people from the West who are not familiar with Buddhism, may mistake the Laughing Buddha for Gautama Siddhartha, the Buddha.
Actually his name was Quieci. But everyone called him “Budai”. He was supposedly a Buddhist Zen monk who lived in China over a thousand years ago.
You should place the Laughing Buddha in your living room or entrance hall. If it is possible he likes to be able to see the door. You may also consider placing him by your workplace or office. You should never place the statue in your bathroom. He should not be placed on any electronic devices, this includes your TV. Many Feng Shui followers say that you should avoid placing him in your bedroom. Never place your laughing Buddha on the floor.
Buddha isn´t a god, prophet or messiah. Word "Buddha" means The Awakened One.
The core teachings of Buddha comes down to The Four Noble Truths:
- The truth of suffering (dukkha)
- The truth of the cause of suffering (samudaya)
- The truth of the end of suffering (nirhodha)
- The truth of the path that frees us from suffering (magga)
The chronic suffering of people is caused by endless craving and desire and incapability to satisfy. This endless lust only keeps us in the vicious cycle of unsatisfied living.
The Path to start living the life You deserve is called The Noble Eightfold Path:
1. Right Understanding
2. Right Intent
3. Right Speech
4. Right Action
5. Right Livelihood
6. Right Effort
7. Right Mindfulness
8. Right Concentration