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The Happy Fat Buddha: A Representation of Maitreya Buddha’s Blessings

Published Pebrero 16, 2012 by jptan2012
Happy Fat Buddha or Laughing Buddha

Happy Fat Buddha or Laughing Buddha

Happy Fat Buddha or Laughing Buddha, as he is famously called by non-Buddhists, is undoubtedly one of the most famous and recognized image of a Buddha. The Happy Fat Buddha is in reality not a Buddha, at least, not yet. He is currently a Bodhisattva and a future Buddha who’ll replace the existing Historical Buddha which is Gautama Buddha or Sakyamuni (also spelled as Shakyamuni) Buddha. The Happy Fat Buddha or Laughing Buddha is in reality known as the Maitreya Buddha.

Buddhist scriptures states that we are currently under the ‘era’ of Sakyamuni Buddha, which is the fourth Buddha to have appeared on earth, there have been 3 others before him. It is said that his arrival will be at the time of the low point of human existence. He will come at a time where in mankind has forgotten about the Dharma (Buddhist teachings). This is not totally impossible because as shown in what is happening in Tibet, under the rule of China, the original Dharma is being purged and destroyed, albeit with extreme resistance from Tibetans and other Buddhists, but unfortunately, still with a lot of success. This answers why even after several recitations of Mantras it is still bound to happen, because it was prophesied in the Buddhist scriptures. In China, Buddhism has really taken a lot of different interpretations that are watered down. Buddhism, as any other religion in China, is closely monitored and censored by the government. Same thing is currently happening in other parts of Asia, such as Myanmar.

Going back to Maitreya Buddha or Happy Fat Buddha as he is normally called, is said to come when mankind is in need to be reminded of the Dharma. At present Maitreya Buddha is at present said to be living in Tusita Heaven, a celestial place where celestial Bodhisattvas are said to reside. In Tusita Heaven, it is said in the Buddhist scriptures, Maitreya Buddha constantly recites mantras and sutras for us. He also continuously gets lessons in preparation for his coming to earth where he’ll achieve enlightenment within 7 days and become a Buddha so that he can impart to us the Dharma.

Typically pictured seated on a throne either cross legged or feet flat on the floor, signifying that he’s waiting for his time, Maitreya is originally pictured as a slim, handsome prince. He is also usually dressed as a Indian royalty (India being the origin of Buddhism). As representation of him being a Bodhisattva, it is not uncommon to see that he is also adorned with jewels. A Khata is usually tied around his waist much like a belt.

Maitreya Buddha pictured in his original image.

Another representation of Maitreya Budda.

The idea of him pictured as a Happy Fat Buddha came about of what he represents. The Maitreya Buddha represents wealth, health, love, happiness or joy, success, peace, and harmony. In short, he represents what each person aspire for.

There are several stories as to why the image of Maitreya Buddha became that of the Happy Fat Buddha or Laughing Buddha. In fact, Maitreya is derived from Maitri which means Loving Kindness.

One of the story states that the image of the Happy Fat Buddha came about because of the Chinese buddhist monk Budai. Budai either claimed or people saw in him the qualities of Maitreya Buddha (the written history about this are not clear) that when he passed away people started using his image as the image of Maitreya Buddha.

Another story claims that Maitreya one day visited earth to share the sutras, however, all the women are unable to absorb his teachings because all they can see is a very handsome young prince and they fell in-love with him. Seeing that his image causes women to be distracted he transformed himself to a fat bald man.

Still another story is quite simple. When Buddhism was introduced in China, they’re unable to comprehend some aspect of the teachings of Buddhism. For example, Kuan Yin is a female representation of Avalokitesvara, the ‘Male’ Buddha of Compassion. However, Chinese are unable to comprehend the idea of a very loving, gentle, compassionate MALE being,  to make it easier for the people to understand the character and teachings of Avalokitesvara, they decided to represent her with a female image called Kuan Yin or Kwan Sheer Yin (He or She who hears the cries of the world). Allow me to briefly share here that it is said that it is Avalokitesvara himself who instructed some Indian and Tibetan monks through a vision to represent him as Kuan Yin. This is not totally veering away from reality, because in truth, celestial Buddhist gods are androgynous, they are neither male or female, or it can be said they are both male and female. Since at that time Chinese always associates wealth and health with plumpness, and happiness, love, harmony with a happy face, these characteristics became the representation of Maitreya Buddha in China.

Personally, I believe that the 3rd story is the most plausible explanation.

When I come across a big image of the Maitreya Buddha as a the Happy Fat Buddha or Laughing Buddha, or when I pray to him, I usually rub his stomach to signify the asking of blessing. It’s an affectionate gesture. However, never touch the head of a Buddha, because in Buddhism it is only monks, your elders or superiors who can touch the head of a person who is ‘beneath’ them.

Aside from ‘Happy Fat Buddha’, ‘Laughing Buddha’, Maitreya Buddha is also called ‘Metteya’, ‘Puy Lok Yah’ (Fookien term for The Happy Fat Father), ‘Mi Lo Fu’ in Chinese, ‘Mile (pronounced as Mee-Lay) Pusa’ also in Chinese, Miroku Bosatsu in Japanese, Mireuk Bosal in Korean, Phra Sri Araya Metrai in Thai.

Most of the images of the Happy Fat Buddha depicts him on a relax mode. There’s another image of him on his legs. Either of the two images are considered very auspicious.

Placing the image of Maitreya Buddha, either as the handsome young prince or as the Happy Fat Buddha or Laughing Buddha helps generate his blessings of happiness, harmony, love, peace, wealth, good health, etc. However, in the Philippines it is easier to get his image as the Laughing Buddha. Also this particular image also gives a psychological effect for all those who see it. It reminds us to be happy, it reminds us to become positive, and at the very least, because of how he looks as the Happy Fat Buddha, it creates an atmosphere of happiness and harmony.

You can place his image either on your altar, or any parts of your house except in the bedroom (for married couples) and or in the rest room.

This is from my personal collection. I wear this pendant everyday. In choosing an image of the Happy Fat Buddha to be worn as a pendant, always look for the face. Make sure that it has happy jolly face.

Wearing an image of the Maitreya Buddha as a pendant is also very auspicious and serves as an homage to him. In return, you get to tap into his blessings.

When I was designing the WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT, a pendant that I initially designed for myself and for my family but has since then become a popular charm for my readers garnering a lot of very positive personal testimonies, my frustration is not having enough space to include the image of the Happy Fat Buddha. However, since I have a separate Happy Fat Buddha pendant I see no need to include. I’m just happy that the WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT has since then become an instrument of good luck to a lot of my readers.

NOTE: This post was edited on Dec. 2, 2013.

2012 Year of the Water Dragon Feng Shui Essential Charms

Published Enero 12, 2012 by jptan2012

I’ve been receiving email and inquiries as to what are the Feng Shui essential charms (lucky charms) for protection from the negative chi and enhancers for the positive chi for the year of the Water Dragon.

I listed the essential charms in my previous posts…

2012 Year of the Water Dragon Feng Shui Flying Star Forecast

Feng Shui-Chinese Zodiac Forecast for 2012 Year of the Water Dragon (Part 1)

Feng Shui-Chinese Zodiac Forecast for 2012 Year of the Water Dragon (Part 2)

However, if you just want to found out about the essential cures(protectors) and enhancers without knowing the reason behind it. Please read thru the rest of the posts.



Rose Quartz Mandarin Ducks / Symbol of Double Happiness, Amethyst Geode with Red String tied on the foot of the bed.

Rose Quartz Mandarin Ducks

Chinese Characters or Words are very symbolic. Does they become effective Feng Shui tools also.

Amethyst Geode with Red String


Victory Banner / Image of a Horse, Three Celestial Guardian

For people who stays in the section of the house or office please wear THE WEALTH AND MASTER PROTECTION PENDANT.

Victory Banner

When choosing a horse for feng shui purposes, its important that you choose a horse that has a winning or winner look.

Three Celestial Guardinas consists of the Fu Dog, Pi Yao (Piyao), and Chi Lin (Chilin).

The front side of THE WEALTH AND MASTER PROTECTION PENDANT has the image of 'The Great Sage, Equal of Heaven' Sun Wukong.

At the back of the WEALTH AND MASTER PROTECTION is the title GREAT SAGE, EQUAL OF HEAVEN in Chinese characters, followed by the 3 Celestial Guardians, and then at the bottom are the Five Element Pagoda and Ksitigarbha Fireball. I'm also currently looking for a jeweler who can carve the images and symbols of the WEALTH AND MASTER PROTECTION PENDANT on a jade, that is because Chinese loves jade and a lot of people have been inquiring about a JADE WEALTH AND MASTER PROTECTION PENDANT.


Crystal Balls / 6 White Jade tied with a Red String

For 2012 its better to use a red crystal ball.

6 White Jade tied with a Red String. You need not have the Wu Lou at the end.


Faux Gold Bars or Ingots or Coins / Wealth Deities (Maitreya Buddha or Kuan Kong or Sun Wukong)

Faux golld bars, ingots, and coins.

In choosing an image of a Happy Buddha, you have to look carefully at the face. It has really to look happy.

In choosing a Kuan Kong look for something that has a fierce face. Kuan Kong or Guan Gong is a famous wealth and protector god.

'The Great Sage, Equal of Heaven' Monkey King called Sun Wukong is a very powerful wealth and protector god that's both highly revered in Taoism and Buddhism.


Image of Sun Wukong (aka Monkey God) / Image of Guan Gong (aka Kuan Kong) / Mantra Plaque / Image of Elephant with Rhinoceros

Mantra Plaque

Elephant and Rhinoceros Plaque

Foe head of the family/business/corporation/organization whose room is in the Northwest section of the house. Please wear one of the following: Sun Wukong Pendant / Kuan Kong Pendant / Mantra Pendant / WEALTH AND MASTER PROTECTION PENDANT.

The WEALTH AND MASTER PROTECTION has one of the best images of Sun Wukong that's in a pendant. It's really difficult to look for a good Sun Wukong pendant.

This is a Tibetan Mantra pendant. I'm not in the process of having my jeweler craft the Mantra pendant that I personally designed. It has the mantra of the THE MEDICINE BUDDHA, YELLOW DZAMBHALA (JAMBALA OR DZAMBALA) MANTRA, THE WISH-FULFILLING MANTRA, THE NEGATIVE KARMA CLEANSING MANTRA, THE SEED SYLLABLE OF GREEN TARA, and OM AH HUM. It also has the image of The Medicine Buddha, Yellow Dzambhala, Guan Gong, Kalachakra Symbol and the Victory Banner. It's another all-in-one pendant.


Ksitigarbha Fireball

For Matriarchs whose room is in the Southwest section of the house. Please wear or carry a small Ksitigarbha Fireball (pendant or keychain) / Maitreya (Happy Fat) Buddha Pendant.

The Ksitigarbha Fireball is a pearl hold by Ksitigarbha Buddha that fires up when there are negative energies.

Happy Buddha Pendant. Again, you need to look for something that has a postive feel.


Wu Lou (Holy Gourd) / Image of Medicine Buddha

For people who stays at this section of the house, and also for middle sons and people born under the sign of the Rat, please wear a Jade Wu Lou or a Medicine Buddha pendant (preferably with Mantra).

Wu Lou or Holy Gourd

Medicine Buddha

Jade Wulou Pendant

Medicine Buddha Pendant


Please move out of this section of the house. Does the first cure. If not possible, please put-Five Element Pagoda, Image of the Goddess of the North Star (Dou Mu Yuan Jun) which has been blesses by a Taoist priest,  a pair of Piyao.

Five Element Pagoda designed by Lillian Too of World of Feng Shui (WOFS). She also has other versions but you need not get the different version. This one will do. I also have a supplier who is able to make one at a more affordable price.

Dou Mu Yuan Jun (The Goddess of the North Star)

Pi Yao is a Celestial Being that pleases the Tai Suey God.

For people who stays in this section of the house please wear the following-Five Element Pagoda Pendant, Dou Mu Yuan Jun Pendant/Piyao. The WEALTH AND MASTER PROTECTION PENDANT is a very powerful cure also.

Five Element Pagoda Pendant

Dou Mu Yuan Jun Pendant is a pendant designed by Feng Shui consultant Joseph Chau.

Piyao Pendant

Most of the charms mentioned above are available in the malls (except for the WEALTH AND MASTER PROTECTION PENDANT). However, they can pretty expensive. I can help you get some of them thru my friends in HK or Taiwan. Please just email me at sanaakosirickylee@gmail.com or leave a comment.

Also if you’re interested to know more about the personal charms base on your animal zodiac, please read the following post:



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