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On shelves across the world, we find images of the Laughing Buddha, a bald,pot-bellied monk raising his arms as he roars in laughter. Who is this Buddha, so different from the curly haired, slim and serene founder of Buddhism we otherwise know??

Asked by cyrus irani, 11 Jan '09 11:02 am
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The celestial Buddha named Hotei or Pu-Tai is best known as the jolly Laughing Buddha. In China, he is known as the Loving or Friendly One. He is based on an eccentric Chinese Ch'an (Zen) monk who lived over 1,000 years ago and has become a significant part of Buddhist and Shinto culture. Because of this monk's benevolent nature, he came to be regarded as an incarnation of the bodhisattva who will be Maitreya (the Future Buddha). His large protruding stomach and jolly smile have given him the common designation "Laughing Buddha."

The Laughing Buddha's image graces many temples, restaurants, and amulets, as he has become a deity of contentment and abundance. The image of Hotei is almost always seen carrying a cloth or linen sack (that which never empties) which is filled with many precious items, including rice plants (indicating wealth), candy for children, food, or the woes of the world. He is patron of the weak, poor and children.

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Answered by Jack Johnson, 11 Jan '09 12:39 pm

 
  
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Budai Luohan, pronounced Hotei in Japanese, is a representation of contentment and abundance, and is sometimes seen as a deity by religious Taoists and Buddhists. He is another santa clause.He is almost always shown smiling or laughing, hence his nickname in Chinese, the Laughing Buddha The image of Hotei is almost always seen carrying a cloth or linen sack. It is usually filled with many precious items, including candy for children, food, or the woes of the world. The large, fat belly is a symbol of happiness, luck, and generosity. Laughing Buddha is in fact modeled on an historical figure, a fat wandering Zen monk named Pu Tai, who possibly claimed to be an incarnation of the future Buddha Maitreya
Answered by Narayana Raja, 11 Jan '09 01:35 pm

 
  
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Answered by SRINIVASAN N, 11 Jan '09 11:08 am

 
  
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