Feng Shui Laughing Buddha


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 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 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 master 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.

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.

Meaning of Laughing Buddha Statue With Pearls of Wisdom

The Laughing Buddha is often depicted wearing a string of pearls of wisdom. Some of these statutes also include him holding a ball or pearls, known as a wealth ball. There are several variations of this symbolic statue. Some include standing or sitting Laughing Buddha holding a ball or pearl in each of his uplifted hands, a reclining pose with strings of pearls around his neck and one in his hand, etc.

  1. This statue is an excellent choice for a meditation room or home office.
  2. The statue with a wealth ball can be placed in your wealth sector or Southeast sector.
  3. Place in the northeast sector (education/knowledge) to help with exams, special educational pursuits, and scholastic endeavors.

Meaning of Lucky Buddha Sitting on Money Toad

This Buddha pose features several good luck symbols, such as a Ruyi (scepter), Fuk Lock Coin (Fuk god of harmony), and a string of prayer beads. The money toad sits on a bed of gold coins, ingots, and jewels. The symbolic meanings are the first one of power (Ruyi) that is excellent for careers. The Fuk Lock Coin brings harmony and luck to finances, the prayer beads offer to focus on the spiritual aspect of life, while the money toad is an excellent wealth icon.

  1. These symbols bring happiness, wealth, and blessings and make this a great choice for a home or corporate office.
  2. Place in an office or home will banish competition and their attempts to affect your career and life.
  3. You can also place this Hotei in the southeast sector of your home or personal wealth sector based on Kua number.

Meaning of Money Bags Traveling Buddha

Money bags traveling laughing Buddha depicts the monk with a large money bag slung over his back and holding a Wu Lou (gourd) that is a symbol of good health, healing, and longevity. The traveling Buddha is a very popular symbol used in feng shui applications, especially for afflicted areas that need a little boost in luck.

  1. You can place this statue in the east sector of your home for family and health luck.
  2. Place this statue in the southeast sector for wealth luck.

Standing Happy Buddha Statues Meanings

The standing pose Buddha is nicknamed “Happy” since he is laughing with his hands lifted above his head as though in celebration. This pose is also called Jolly Hotei. The statue often features a gold ingot or a ball held above its head or one in each open palm. Happy brings wealth and of course, happiness. Many people practice rubbing a laughing Buddha statue’s oversized belly for good luck.

  1. Set this statue in the southeast wealth to attract wealth luck
  2. You can also place this statue sector or north career sector.

Five Children With Laughing Buddha

This statue focuses on children, specifically five children to represent a large healthy, and happy family. Feng shui applications use this statue pose to attract good luck and blessings to home and especially luck for the children in the family. It’s also a symbol of creativity and the abundance of a full and happy life.

  1. Place in the west sector (descendent’s luck) to attract good luck for the children in a family.
  2. The joy and spirit of children imbue creativity that’s enhanced by placing in the west sector.

Chinese Fat Buddha With Money Bag and Fan Meaning

The Laughing Buddha statue featuring the monk walking with a money bag and carrying a fan is often used for auspicious travel and those desiring a wish to be granted. The bag once more is a symbol of money, or it can symbolize collecting woes and cares to carry away from the person. The fan is an ancient symbol known as the Oogi that translates to wish giving or to grant. Historically, it was carried by the Chinese aristocracy as a message to their tenant farmers the granting of any requests they made. This statute is used for a wish-granting symbol. Set it in the appropriate sector related to having unfulfilled wishes

  1. This statue is believed to protect travelers. It can be used in a vehicle on the dashboard.
  2. Fan your troubles away by placing this statue in any afflicted sector.

Other Placements for Smiling Buddha Statues

In addition to placing specific types of Laughing Buddha statues in certain locations, there are instances when almost any laughing statue will work in other rooms in your home for great luck. Select a laughing Buddha pose that appeals to you and use it. The places you can use the statue include:

  1. A windfall of money: Place your favorite laughing Buddha in the main entrance/foyer, bedroom, or dining room for a windfall of money luck.
  2. Income boost: Set a laughing Buddha in the main entrance area or north sector of a home office for earned income luck.
  3. Work harmony: Place a laughing Buddha on your office desk to ensure harmony among coworkers.
  4. Good travels: Protect your travels with a laughing Buddha set on the vehicle dashboard. This will also ensure you only bring good news and luck home from your travels.
  5. Education luck: Students can place a laughing Buddha statue on their desk to achieve their scholastic goals.

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