In Feng Shui, the Laughing Buddha, also known by Buddhists as Matreiya, is one of the most supreme symbols of joy and well being. The Laughing Buddha has his own unique position. He is said to be the most powerful charm for honor, fame, name, money and fortune. 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).
The most common Feng Shui use of the Laughing Buddha is to attract wealth and good luck. The symbol of Laughing Buddha is considered to bring auspicious energy, wealth and joyful blessings anywhere it is placed. There are so many kinds of Laughing Buddha in different poses holding different types of symbols and with different hand positions. Each aspect has value and deeper meaning. Each posture has its own significance.
Safe Travels Buddha: The Safe Travels Buddha either carries a stick with a bundle tied to the end of it or he has a sack thrown over one shoulder. The Safe Travels Buddha protects you from harm during journeys.
Long Life Buddha: The Long Life Buddha (http://www.biography.com/people/buddha-9230587#synopsis) is seated and has a bag of blessings by his side or holds the bag in his lap. He holds a wealth ball raised in front of him in one hand and a Ru-Yi pot in his other hand.
Happy Home Buddha: The Happy Home Buddha is seated and holds a canopy over his shoulder, protruding behind his back.
Spiritual Journey Buddha: Mostly, the Spiritual Journey Buddha carries a gourd of enlightenment suspended from a stick while holding a fan in his other hand. He wears a necklace made of prayer beads.
Earth Buddha: The Earth Buddha sits on the ground with his right hand extended so his fingers point to earth beneath him. This statue honours the time when Buddha was repeatedly tempted by the demon, Mara, but resisted and reached enlightenment.
The location of placing the Laughing Buddha is important. It has to be placed at a height of some 30” approximate and should be facing the main door directly. If this location is not possible, the next best place to keep the Laughing Buddha is on a side table or corner table, which is diagonally opposite to the main door and facing the door. You can also have a Laughing Buddha statue (http://www.exoticindiaart.com/sculptures/Buddhist/buddha/) for your children’s room as Laughing Buddha is considered the Patron of children. A metal Buddha in the north sector of your home is an outstanding choice but the same statue placed in the east sector will not bring beneficial results as metal cuts wood.
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