One of the most loved symbols of feng shui is the laughing Buddha. Best recognised for his protruding belly and everlasting smile, the happy Buddha offers a variety of feng shui benefits for your home. Known by a variety of names, including Ho Tei, Hotai, laughing Buddha and happy Buddha, he is a talisman of prosperity, good fortune and contentment. His chubby belly is often rubbed for “good luck” and is thought to grant wishes to those seeking prosperity.
It is believed that the larger the Buddha belly, the more generously the wish will be granted.
The cheerful image of the laughing Buddha will bring positive energy to a room. The Ho Tai Buddha lived over a thousand years ago.
The happy monk used to carry a sack full of candies for children and seeds of rice for planting. This is why the statues are often shown along with a bag.
Because of his ability to attract children, he can even positively influence fertility and many couples place a picture or statues of the Ho Tai when they want to have a baby.
The placement of the Buddha in the living room or family room is most beneficial. Place it towards the main door of the house.
It redirects the misfortune entering your house and channels only the good fortune into the house. It also absorbs all the negative energy and radiates auspicious energy.
It also acts as a stressbuster by placing it at your desk as it always reminds you of good times.
Small business owners should put the laughing Buddha statue on display at their reception as a sign of prosperity and good fortune.
A happy Buddha statue carrying gold ingots or seated on a pile of gold coins offers the most appropriate message of wealth and fortune for a business. He is described as obese, with a wrinkled forehead and a white protruding belly. Buddhist notions of happiness based on self-mastery and enlightened insight were fused with popular Chinese life-ideals of happiness through material prosperity. So, today the hemp sack may be interpreted as filled with gold, happiness and health.
In feng shui, the six laughing Buddhas are the different representations of the Maitreiya Buddha. They symbolise happiness and are used to attract more joy.
Laughing Buddha of Love is is used to enhance the love and care in the relationships and is advised to be placed either in the relationship corner or the place diagonally opposite to the relationship corner.
Laughing Buddha of Prosperity is holding a Ru-Yi Pot or bowl of plenty up to the universe for receiving abundance. It brings about healthy growth opportunities in one’s life.
Laughing Buddha of Safe Travel is the one on a journey with a hemp sack full of protection. It is the best to gift these who are going on a long journey.
Laughing Buddha of Happy Home is the one sitting on a large gold ingot representing solid foundation, with a smaller nugget in his hand to give to others. This represents a fatherly figure, who is concerned to make everyone happy in the home. This can be placed preferably in the living room.
Spiritual Journey Buddha is dressed for the journey in fine robes, with a fan for understanding and a sack to collect insights. People prefer placing this in the spiritual corner or the puja rooms of their houses.
Laughing Buddha of Long Life is the one sitting with his fan hat and enjoying the good life!
(Manisha Koushik is a tarot card reader, numerologist and Vastu Feng consultant. She can be contacted at www.askmanisha.com)