The Origins of Budai: Commonly Confused with Gautama Buddha

16″ Fat Buddha with Gold Bag on a Stick by Lotus Sculpture $165

Many Americans mistakenly identify the Budai as that of the Siddhartha Gautama Buddha.  The Budai is often depicted holding a cloth sack and is commonly referred to as the laughing Buddha or the fat & happy Buddha.  It is believed that the Budai is an incarnation of Maitreya or the future Buddha form that will succeed the historic Gautama Buddha by appearing on earth someday in the future at a time when Dharma will have been forgotten, in order to re-teach the pure dharma.  He is said to appear on earth one day and achieve complete enlightenment, just as the historic Gautama, teaching the world his wisdom.

In Buddhist folk traditions it is said that the Budai is a man of good and loving character and is admired for his genuine happiness, plentitude, and contentment.  A popular belief is that rubbing his belly will bring about good luck, wealth, and overall prosperity.  Incorporate a Fat & Happy Buddha Statue from Lotus Sculpture into your life and rub his belly for good luck and happiness!

The Origins of Budai: Commonly Confused with Gautama Buddha

Fat & Happy Buddha Statue by Lotus Sculpture

View all our Laughing, Fat and Happy Budai statues from Lotus Sculpture

Many Americans mistakenly identify the Budai as that of the Siddhartha Gautama Buddha.  The Budai is often depicted holding a cloth sack and is commonly referred to as the laughing Buddha or the fat & happy Buddha.  It is believed that the Budai is an incarnation of Maitreya or the future Buddha form that will succeed the historic Gautama Buddha by appearing on earth someday in the future at a time when Dharma will have been forgotten, in order to re-teach the pure dharma.  He is said to appear on earth one day and achieve complete enlightenment, just as the historic Gautama, teaching the world his wisdom.

In Buddhist folk traditions it is said that the Budai is a man of good and loving character and is admired for his genuine happiness, plenitude  and contentment.  A popular belief is that rubbing his belly will bring about good luck, wealth, and overall prosperity.  Incorporate a Fat & Happy Buddha Statue from Lotus Sculpture into your life and rub his belly for good luck and happiness!

Bill Clinton: A New Face to Easternization of the West

“every human being is the author of his own health or disease.”
~Buddha~

It is not surprising that Americans have begun to feel spiritually starved as our endless quest for material possessions and technological advancements proves a bottomless unquenchable thirst.   As technology continues to make our lives easier, human interactions have been reduced to impersonal platforms as we all feel naked leaving the house without our smart phones and huddle in our living rooms texting rather than actually meeting with our friends and families.  We Americans continue to gain ever more time through technology, only to spend it away trying to fill our lives with more ‘things.’   As a way to cope with the added stresses of daily living, many of us have begun to search for relief.

Standing Fat & Happy Buddha Statue 20″ $230

Just a few days ago news broke that even Bill Clinton turns to meditation for mental relief and an overall sense of well being.  In an age of globalization where Westerners aim to spread their ideals, ideologies, and products across the world, so to do the ideas of the East infiltrate the West in unexpected ways.  Recently the UT San Diego estimated that over 1.2 million Americans practice Buddhism with other scholars estimating it to be even higher at around 6.7 million.  Even though still just a sliver of the American population the swelling numbers speak for themselves.  We all could benefit greatly from Buddha’s message for compassion for self and one another and the cultivation of inner peace.

As the Buddha put it “every human being is the author of his own health or disease.”  What will you do to quiet your anxious mind?  I choose to look upon the East for wisdom that has been lost in the west.   Bring a Buddha statue into your home and enjoy the added peace of Buddha’s messages into your heart.