There are few feng shui cures as popular and as universal in their application as the Laughing Buddha. Used as a feng shui to bring good luck, abundance, happiness, success, good health; any feng shui bagua area can benefit from the sparkling energy of the Laughing Buddha.
But first, have you asked yourself why is the Buddha laughing? Aren't Buddhas suppose to be serene and peacefully looking within? Apparently not all of them. The Laughing Buddha feng shui symbol is based on the story of a Buddhist monk who lived in the 10th century China. He was a bit too eccentric for a monk, but his heart was loving and open, and in time he came to be loved by many. He is considered a reincarnation of Gautama Buddha (the historical Buddha); and added the often missing energy of lightheartedness, joy, and laughter to everyday life.
These statues are also called the Happy, the Hotei or the Traveling Buddha, the Laughing Buddha and are often depicted with gold ingots, a Wu Lou (Chinese gourd), a sack of treasures or surrounded by children. And, of course, a big belly!
The Laughing Buddha at Home
You can find the Laughing Buddha in a variety of feng shui products from statues and bells to key chains and jewelry. If you want to use a statue of the Laughing Buddha in your home, where and how would you place it? What materials should you go for -- metal, resin or wood? Does it matter? Yes, every detail matters if you want to create good feng shui in your home.
The most common feng shui use of the Laughing Buddha is a cure for wealth and good luck. The symbol of Laughing Buddha is considered to bring auspicious energy, wealth, and joyful blessings anywhere it is placed, so now you know why you can usually see at least one Laughing Buddha in Chinese restaurants, for example.
Laughing Buddha Statue as a Feng Shui Cure
First, you must decide on the best materials and colors for your decor. You can find feng shui statues in a variety of materials, from resin to metal, rock crystal and even porcelain, and the Laughing Buddha statues and figurines are no exception.
Attract and Strengthen Feng Shui Energy
Do you want to attract more wealth energy? Then look for a statue of Laughing Buddha with gold ingots and place it in the money area of your home. Is your focus on vibrant health? Choose a Laughing Buddha with a Wu Lou in his hand and place the statue in your health feng shui bagua area.
Where to Display Your Laughing Buddha
One of the best feng shui locations for a Laughing Buddha is close to the front door so that you can see it as you come home. It is not a good idea to display your Buddha in the bathroom or the primary bedroom. As Laughing Buddha is considered to be a patron of children, it can be good feng shui to have a small statue in your children's room (if they like it); or in the study. You want to show your statue the proper respect, which means never placing it on the floor.
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If you love the Laughing Buddha energy and are looking to buy a statue for your home, go for a big one, at least 2-3 feet. This way, you would actually be able to rub the Buddha belly for luck! The big Buddha belly that can hold deep laughter, as well as stomach all your troubles and transmute them into happiness.