Laughing Buddha meanings

Over the years I have collected laughing fat Buddha's so now I have quite a few of them dotted around the house and I confess that I love each and everyone of them! They cheer me up and I love having them around me, so I thought I would share with you what they mean as they all have different meanings.

Back Ground information on the laughing Buddha's
The celestial Buddha named Hotei or Pu-Tai is best known as the jolly Laughing Buddha. In China, he is known as the Loving or Friendly One. 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). His large protruding stomach and jolly smile have given him the common designation "Laughing Buddha."

The Laughing Buddha's image graces many temples, restaurants, and amulets, as he has become a deity of contentment and abundance. The image of Hotei is almost always seen carrying a cloth or linen sack (that which never empties) which is filled with many precious items, including rice plants (indicating wealth), candy for children, food, or the woes of the world. He is patron of the weak, poor and children.
Laughing Buddha statues depict a stout, smiling or laughing bald man in robes with a largely exposed pot belly stomach, which symbolizes happiness, good luck, and plenitude. Some sculpture has small children at his feet. Another item that is usually seen with the Laughing Buddha figure is a begging bowl to represent his Buddhist nature.

In some scenes the Laughing Buddha may be found sitting on a cart drawn by boys, or wielding a fan called an oogi (said to be a "wish giving" fan -- in the distant past, this type of fan was used by the aristocracy to indicate to vassals that their requests would be granted). All of these images display Hotei as a wandering monk who goes around and takes the sadness from people of this world.
According to legend, if you rub the Laughing Buddha's great belly, it brings forth wealth, good luck, and prosperity. Hotei is also referred to as the patron saint of restaurateurs, fortune tellers and bartenders. When one overeats or over drinks, friends jokingly attribute it to the Laughing Buddha's influence.

Laughing Buddha is a symbol of joy and wealth. Nowadays everyone, even those who are not following the Buddhism and Taoism those are also started to feature the Happy Buddha in their homes and offices.This practice is even grown up in the western countries too.

Over the years, the Smiling / Laughing / Fat Buddha has come to represent several beneficial attributes such as happiness, prosperity,contentment and joy. Consequently, people in East Asia such as China and Japan have placed the Fat Buddha statue in their homes and offices.

Place a Buddha in your home to add an atmosphere of contentment and serenity. He is there to remind us not to work too hard or become greedy. It is very auspicious to light a candle on his birthday ( 8th May ) and you can ask him to grant any special requests that you may have.

Tradition or Feng Shui
While Chinese and Japanese tradition merely associates the placement of the Fat Buddha in the home or office with prayers for prosperity and happiness, there is a school of thought known as Feng Shui that also focuses on the actual position of the placement and direction the Fat Buddha statue is facing.
In Feng Shui, the reason for buying and placing figurines or statues in the home is to correct a certain imbalance in your life. The placement of particular figurines in a certain part or direction of the house is meant to bring harmony and order into your life, letting you experience a more peaceful and prosperous life. The amount of benefit achieved by such placements depends on whether the rules of Feng Shui are being followed correctly.

Fundamentals of Feng Shui
Feng Shui (literally "Wind and Water" in Chinese), is all about balance and harmony between us and our environment. Just like the Yin and Yang energies, Feng Shui is about balance. Where there is light, there will always be darkness; where there is fire, there will always be water; and so forth.

Types of Laughing Buddha Statues
The following is a list of Smiling / Laughing / Happy / Fat Buddha statues. These Laughing Buddha statues have been attributed to provide their owners with beneficial effects such as happiness, prosperity, contentment and wealth. As such, many people have purchased various forms of these Buddha statues to place in their homes or at their offices and businesses, hoping that they will receive some of these attributes too. You will find a number of these fat Buddha statues being the centerpiece of many home decorations.

The first thing you want to do when placing Buddha is to make sure the location is truly one of reverence. This means you should never place one in a bathroom or kitchen. Also, you want the height of the Buddha to be at least eye level. Looking down at a deity is considered rude and disrespectful. Avoid placing near electrical outlets, elect or equipment with moving parts and motors. This type of activity disturbs the surrounding energy.  Don’t put him on top of the TV. The tinny din will annoy him.

Buddha's should never be placed on the floor as this is a sign of disrespect, the location of placing the Laughing Buddha is important. It has to be placed at an height of some 30” approximate and should be facing the main door directly. The Laughing Buddha greets the energies that enter from the main gate and activates them manifold, and turns highly prosperous. If this location is not possible, the next best place to keep the Laughing Buddha is on a side table or a corner table, which is diagonally opposite to the main door and facing the door.

It is not advisable to keep the Laughing Buddha in a bedroom or in the dining room. This God of wealth is not worshiped or prayed to, but just displayed and its presences is purely symbolic and auspicious.

When the Laughing Buddha is seen playing with many children, (usually five in number) this symbolizes good fortune arriving from the heavens. Maitraya Buddha has long been associated with virtue of innocent joy, kindness and great gentleness. He is also associated with bringing good luck and an abundance of good Chi' when invited into ones home.


The meaning of sculptures depicting Buddha holding a bowl points to an essential part of a monk’s life - it is a begging bowl and represents the idea that monks live off what is given or donated by others. There is also a story associated with Buddha and the begging bowl. It is said that as Buddha came close to reaching enlightenment and young woman gave him a bowl of milk rice, however at this time Buddha was fasting. Realizing that his fasting had weakened his body and he would require more nourishment in order to attain enlightenment he accepted. Having reached enlightenment he discarded the little remaining contents of the bowl symbolizing his detachment form material possessions. The link between the renunciation of material possessions and reaching enlightenment plays a prominent part in Buddhist philosophy.
Budai holds the bowl above his head to receive abundance from the heavens.

A laughing Hotei Buddha with a fan is a symbol of happiness and joy. Some scenes the Laughing Buddha may be found sitting on a cart drawn by boys, or wielding a fan called an oogi (said to be a “wish giving” fan -in the distant past, this type of fan was used by the aristocracy to indicate to vassals that their requests would be granted). The Wish-Giving Fan symbolizes happiness. Budai waves the fan to banish troubles.

Sack or bag
Sculptures of Buddha with a sack usually depicts Hotei Buddha. Hotei, meaning ‘cotton sack’ is the representation of the travelling Buddha. It is said that he wanders the world collecting people’s sadness and woes and putting them in his sack. The sack is also said to represent wealth and good fortune.

The beads, known as a ‘mala,’ represent never-ending meditation practice, even when engaged in worldly activities.

The ball has various meanings, the more popular one is that the ball is a wealth ball which brings wealth and prosperity. Other meanings include medicine balls, pearls of wisdom, and a peach or apricot representing health and prosperity. Also thought to represent a pearl. It is a symbol of the greatest treasure of all, wisdom.

The Parasol gives protection by deflecting misfortune.

Happy Hotei's come in many forms: 

Safe Travels Buddha
The Safe Travels Buddha is an old-fashioned rendition. He either carries a stick with a bundle tied to the end of it or he has a sack thrown over one shoulder. Both variations include him holding a wealth ball in his other hand.

Long Life Buddha
The Long Life Buddha is seated and has a bag of blessings by his side or holds the bag in his lap. In one hand, he cradles a wealth ball raised in front of him and a Ru-Yi pot in his other hand.
Spiritual Journey Buddha

The Spiritual Journey Buddha 
has quite a few symbols to study. Typically, he 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.
Gourd of Enlightenment contains the elixir of youth for long life.

Happy Home Buddha
The Happy Home Buddha is seated and holds a parasol over his shoulder, protruding behind his back.

Love Buddha
Combinations of symbols create a seated Love Buddha holding a wealth ball in one hand with a bag slung over his shoulder. Also seated with his feet together, holding a wealth ball and a bag over his shoulder.

Earth Buddha
Also known as, Calling Earth to Witness, the Earth Buddha sits on the ground with his right hand extended so his fingers point to the earth beneath him. This statue honors the time when Buddha was repeatedly tempted by the demon, Mara, but resisted and reached enlightenment.

Reclining Buddha
Buddha awaits his transition from this life to death, which he viewed as a mere journey of transition into a different state of being.

Wealthy Brass Laughing Buddha Sitting On Dragon Chair
Depicted in an ever smiling face, holding a gold ingot in his left hand and a sack of wealth in his right, sitting on a Dragon Chair with the Chinese character for "Good Fortune and Luck" on the back with the auspicious gold coins scattered underneath, the Laughing Buddha on Dragon Chair for Good Fortune is a must for those wishing for riches and abundance

Buddha on Coins/Bag
Buddha standing or sitting on a pile of coins or his bag is protector of wealth.

Hand Meanings
Both hands in the lap with palms upward. The right hand is on top of the left hand. signifies meditation
The left hand in the lap, palm upward. The right hand bends over the right knee, with fingers slightly touching the ground. This gesture symbolizes enlightenment, as well as steadfastness or imperturbability

With the hand raised and the palm facing outwards, fingers extended pointing upward. The wrist is bent at a right angle with the forearm. Fearlessness or Reassurance.

The hand lowered with the palm facing outward is the gesture of bestowing blessings or of giving charity.
 The hand is extended downward, palm out. Mostly on standing Buddha images, but sometimes also represented in the sitting position. Symbolizing Charity.


  1. Anonymous4.9.11

    thanx kaysha u had an awsome blog............
    i ve gone through each of them.. its verryyy useful

  2. Anonymous5.9.11

    I have had an amazing experience in which a sitting buddha has come into my life. Wondering what he means. He is purple, sitting with one knee up he carries a bag at his left side with a pouch in his left hand his right hand is laying flat on his right knee which is elevated he has beads around his neck and long ear lobes. Trying to figure out what he means, the connection is strong. Do you have any ideas?

  3. Hi
    Thank you for visiting my blog and being active here so you have a new Buddha and are wondering what he means? Well without seeing him I am only going on your description he sounds to me like a Traveling Buddha see info below
    The Buddha with a sack usually depicts Hotei Buddha. Hotei, meaning ‘cotton sack’ is the representation of the traveling Buddha. It is said that he wanders the world collecting people’s sadness and woes and putting them in his sack. The sack is also said to represent wealth and good fortune. His beads are, known as a ‘mala,’ represent never-ending meditation practice, even when engaged in worldly activities.
    I hope this helps and if you can send me a picture I may be able to help you further there are so many wonderful laughing Buddha's it is hard to tell without seeing him.
    I would love to add your picture of him if you can take one on the blog as it will also help other followers.

  4. Anonymous27.12.11

    Hiya we have been given Buddha as present and trying to find out information about htis Buddha i came accros your site and was wondering if you could give me more information.It is standing buddha with both hands up in his left hand is something that looks like a golden bowl with something in it and in his right hand golden ball.he is smilling with big belly and pear/bead neckles around his neck.and he is wearing a robe with lots of details and some diamonds around the edge of his robe.looking forward to hear from you.thank you

  5. Anonymous27.12.11

    Hiya we have been given Buddha as present and trying to find out information about htis Buddha i came accros your site and was wondering if you could give me more information.It is standing buddha with both hands up in his left hand is something that looks like a golden bowl with something in it and in his right hand golden ball.he is smilling with big belly and pear/bead neckles around his neck.and he is wearing a robe with lots of details and some diamonds around the edge of his robe.looking forward to hear from you.thank you

  6. Hiya
    Thank you for getting in touch and also visiting my site. I am delighted to hear you have received a Buddha as a gift ~ they are wonderful to have!
    Going from your description of your new Buddha his posture means the following.

    With his arms above his head means prosperity he is holding the Ru-Yi bowl of plenty
    Holding a golden ball means the ball of wealth which is also prosperity
    The beads around his neck are called 'Mala' which is a Buddhist string of prayer beads

    So basically your Buddha is a prosperity Buddha so I hope this helps you?
    Remember do not place your Buddha on the floor he should be placed facing the door of your home and on a table or something similar ~ never on the floor
    as it is disrespectful to your Buddha.
    Please enjoy him Laughing Buddha's are wonderful to have in your home.
    With love and light
    Kaysha x

  7. hi this is shanti..i need ur help in knowing what type of laughing budda i have at my place.i have the one which is shown second,from the top,in those 4 pictures displayed on this page.

  8. Hi Shanti
    Your Buddha is a prosperity Buddha as he is holding the wealth bowl called Ru-Yi which means bowl of plenty and
    the coin he is holding means monetary wealth. This signifies abundance of fortune and create good health.
    You have a lovely Buddha I hope you enjoy him
    Hope this helps
    Love and Light
    Kaysha x

  9. Anonymous28.12.11

    thank you very much for information you have given me its great to no what Buddha he is.And he rwally dose looks great.And i have placed him on window sill for now hope thats ok for now will find him more permenant place soon.would he be ok if he was placed on side board next to some photo frames but the frames are biger than Buddah and i think i was reading that he should not be placed next to objects that are biger than him is that true?thank you so much for your time to reply.and also just to let you no your site is great.

  10. You are very welcome I am happy I could help you. Your Buddha will be fine where you have placed him as long as he is facing the door to your home
    he will be happy there. He will also be fine near your photo frames. My Buddha's (which I have many of!!) are placed around my home and next to things
    that are larger then he is and mine have always protected me so yours will too so don't worry.
    Thank you for your comments on my site I really appreciate that please follow me it will be lovely to have you here, please feel free to contact me anytime
    and I will always do my best to help you if needed.
    With love and light
    Kaysha x

  11. Anonymous30.12.11

    Hi Kaysha, I have a laughing Buddha with right elbow resting on his right knee and hand lifted,palm facing outward,(like he was waving) and in the left hand there is a bowl with a pearl in it that is lifted up to chest level. Can you please tell me what the meaning of this Buddha is?

  12. Hi
    Thank you so much for contacting me and visiting my site. Regarding your new Buddha from your description he sounds as if he is a Buddha
    for dispelling fear. It symbolizes peace and protection and is believed to create energy that removes fear and doubt. This pose can be recognized by the position of the right arm. In the dispelling fear mudra, the palm of the hand faces out at shoulder height and the arm is slightly bent. The Ru-Yi is known as the bowl of plenty and signifies plenty, abundance, and wealth.
    The wealth ball is sometimes seen as a pearl. In China, the pearl represents immortality, potentiality, and wisdom. Treasure dragons were believed to live in caves deep in the earth and to possess a magical pearl that multiplied if it was touched. This pearl was a symbol of the most valuable treasure, wisdom.
    I hope this helps and please me send a picture of your Buddha if you can and I will add him to the site?
    With love and light
    Kaysha x

  13. Sonvi30.1.12

    I have a standing Buddha who has a fan in his left hand and has a long twig which has a sack tied on at the back, in his right hand he is holding the twig but near his hand he has another type of sack hanging down. What does this Buddha mean?? Pls advice c

  14. Anonymous5.2.12

    Hi, My bother has presented a laughing Budda tome.
    the whole statue is gold in colour and its standing. He has an extended hand raised up holding a boat shaped basket with a ball half way in.The other hand (palm) has a gold like belt going up resting on his shoulder.He has a gold mala around his neck with a heart shaped pendant.At his feet he has a bag of gold marbels in it.His foot is placed on a gold frog.There is also a boat shaped basket(the same one that he holds inhis raised hand at his foot.
    Please let me know what my Buddha stands for. Thanks so much

  15. hi,i am ruchi.i bought a laughing Buddha and i want to give this as a gift to my husband on his is similar to the fourth picture displayed above.i think the third and fourth picture are same.can you please tell me
    1.what is the meaning of that Buddha? it true that we cannot buy laughing Buddha for ourself and it should be given as a gift to others

  16. Thank you for getting in touch and great news you have a new Buddha! Please read thru the information on the blog regarding your Buddha you will find the answers to your questions within the information already supplied on the blog.
    With Love and light
    Kaysha x

  17. Anonymous20.4.12

    HI Kaysha i have a Buddha with a dancing posture with his right leg up and the other resting on shoe shape base his right hand has a mala and the left hand in air holding a cloth like thing forming an arc he has a red ribbon around his belly and big ear lobes can you please tell me what it indicates and where it should be placed? thank you so much for your time to reply and i loved your blog, it helped me a lot.Please do reply.

  18. Hi
    Thank you for getting in touch regarding your Buddha, so you have a dancing Buddha the reason he is dancing is he is bringing you happiness
    and good fortune he elevates the energy (Chi) to improve the energy of your home. The poses in the Buddha statues are known as "Attitudes,"
    while the different hand gestures are known as Mudras. The red ribbon is a symbol of good health and longevity. Placement of your Buddha
    facing the main door placing the Buddha opposite the main front door of a home on a table that is about thirty inches high.
    This location allows Buddha to interact with the chi energy entering your home. From this position, your Buddha can neutralize any
    negative chi, and transform it from damaging to very lucky energy.

    In the living room Buddha is also quite comfortable. The best position for Buddha in the living room is facing the front door.

    Also, you want the height of the Buddha to be at least eye level. Looking down at a deity is considered rude and irreverent. Avoid placing
    near electrical outlets. This type of activity disturbs the surrounding energy.
    I hope this helps and I hope you enjoy your new addition to your family!
    Laughing Buddha are lovely.
    Love and light
    Kaysha x

  19. Hi Kaysha, your blog is very nice and informative, I have a question, can we place Buddha on car's dashboard? if yes, then what type of Buddha can be placed? Thank you.

  20. Hi
    Thank you for getting in touch and I am so pleased your are enjoying my blog. Regarding your question if you can place Buddha on your cars dashboard. Well yes you can
    if that is your wish to do that. By placing him on the dashboard of your car he can bring home many tidings of good news and ensuring safety to all those traveling with it.
    Normally Buddha is kept in the living room of your home or around the home in general a part from the kitchen or bathroom , but I do not see any reason why you can't keep
    him in the car. Choose Buddha that appeals to you it doesn't matter really which one you choose for your car. I hope that helps.
    With love and light Kaysha

  21. Thank you so much Kaysha.

  22. Anonymous18.5.12

    Kaysha, Thanks a lot for the useful information regarding Laughing Buddha. Which form of Laughing Buddha is more appropriate for home, as there are so many types of laughing Buddha and people around says this form is good and some others say that is the form to be used at home, so confused . kindly help by giving your valuable ideas.

  23. Anonymous18.5.12

    Dear Kaysha...

    Help me with ur suggestions,
    I have a golden coloured Laughing Buddha as same as the 5th one from the above pictures... If u can please me help what type is it and how would it be helpful. Is it true that a ceramic golden coloured Laughing Buddha in sitting position with a coin in one hand and a fan in other hand with a height ranging in between 9'' to 3 feet is very auspicious.
    Kindly suggest..

  24. Anonymous20.5.12

    Hi Kaysha' I have come to possess a laughing Budha with folded hands. Both his hands are folded in front of his chest and the beads are hanging down from his right wrist till his belly button. What is the significance and where should I place it. I need the good luck.

  25. Anonymous2.6.12

    Hi Kaysha I have a large reclining colorful porcelain Buddha that I would like your advice on. I can't find his meaning he's holding a golden bird in his right hand and his left hand looks like an opened bag containing 5 gold coins. He's wearing a strand of golden beads and it looks like a single chilli/bud hangingin the middle (?) love him dearly had him for a long time but would really like to know his meaning thx Donna

  26. Hi Donna
    Thank you so much for getting in touch, so you have a laughing Buddha holding a golden bird and you would like to know the meaning. Well having not seen your
    Buddha ~ there are so many different designs! I am thinking the bird could possibly be a Phoenix and he is often paired with the Dragon as a feng shui symbol of
    marital happiness. On its own, the Phoenix has Yang energy. The Phoenix symbolizes the energy of great strength, resilience and transformation. The coins represent
    monetary wealth and to bring good luck, good fortune and income luck so protecting wealth. The beads his is holding or wearing is called a Mala and they are
    a Buddhist string of prayer beads. As for the chilli bud that I am not sure on as I have never seen a laughing Buddha with one of those so it may actually be a flower bud
    which could be the lotus flower bud? If so this would represent your own spiritual pathway.
    I hope this helps you and thank you so much for your question, I hope you continue to love your Buddha I love all of mine and believe me I have lots of them!!
    With love and light

  27. Anonymous3.6.12

    Thank you Kaysha for the information, I may place alittle dragon next to him. This is one of my son's favourite buddha (i have a few - they kinda of sneak up on you) and since he was born on 8 May he's probably drawn to it. Thx Again, love and peace, Donna

  28. Anonymous5.6.12

    Hi can we purchase a Laughing Buddha or should it be a gift from someone,

  29. Yes it is fine to buy your own Buddha I have brought lots of mine myself, Buddha brings GOOD luck not bad so it is perfectly fine to purchase your own
    as many as you want to!
    Hope this helps

  30. Anonymous25.6.12

    I have many laughing Buddha's and I love them All! My question is why can't we place then in the kitchen or dinning room? Both of those rooms face the front door in my house and I have many in each room, if I should move them I will but I definitely like where they are!

  31. Thank you so much for your question regarding placement for your laughing Buddha. The reason you shouldn't place him in the kitchen or the dining room
    is because he doesn't want to see you eating dead animals so this in turn means do not placement your Buddha in the kitchen or in the dinning room as
    it is these two places within the home where he will see you doing just that.
    I hope this helps
    Love and light
    Kaysha x

  32. Anonymous29.6.12

    Hi, can I gift laughing Budha to my husband?

  33. Hi
    Yes you can gift your laughing Buddha to your husband!

  34. Hi Kaysha . Great web-site . I wonder if you can please answer my question about my buddha . He has a fan in his left hand but I can't work out wht he has in his right hand . It looks like a boat but I'm not sure . Is it OK if I e-mail you a picture?
    Elaine X

  35. Hi. I have a Buddha that was my grandfathers, think he kept it on his desk. Both his hands are up like he is carrying something over his head, but nothing is there. Also, I am currently living in one room, so bedroom/office/etc all together. Where can this little guy live? Thanks, Sidra

  36. Wow! I also collect Laughing Buddhas. Maybe because I am also fat and usually jolly (when not stressed by work and family) I enjoy the presence of the Buddha with me. I have several in my living room, and in my study/work desk. I have several still kept in the boxes waiting to be displayed. I especially love those made from white ceramic, what some collectors call blanc de chine. I also like those made from the colourful crystal-like glass, called Liuli in Taiwan. I am glad that we have a similar interest; for a long while I thought I was the only weird person who has such a hobby!

  37. Thank you for your comment and visiting my blog. No your not along in your hobby there are many of us collecting the Laughing Buddha!
    I love all of mine and I have lots of them around my home. If you want to send me some pictures I will place them on the blog for others to
    see? For some advice here don't keep them in boxes get them displayed around your home they are too nice to be in a box!!
    Love and light Kaysha

  38. Hi, I have been gifted a sitting Laughing Buddha with Kids around. someone asked us to place them in Bedroom. So u still suggest to place it infront of the main door ? Also, any rules that it shud be faced east west etc., One more gift was Buddha sitting on a Dragon with right hand on the knee with beads, but the left hand is not visible (may be out of shape or something) Should i still keep it with me

  39. Anonymous16.8.12

    Hi, Can I hang one of my cystals on my laughing Buddha? He sits on coins facing my front door.

  40. Hey

    Thank you for your question regarding hanging a crystal on your Buddha. I have never heard of this before and I am unsure why you wish to do this? Is there a
    particular reason you want to do this? On a personal level I wouldn't do that as I feel it would be disrespectful to your Buddha, by all means hang your crystal near him
    if you wish but I wouldn't actually hang the crystal on him.
    I hope that helps and if you need anymore advice then please feel free to email me.
    With love and light

  41. Anonymous18.8.12

    i recieved a laughing buddha as a gift from a friend. It is a seated laughing buddha with hands held high above holding a huge pot containing different kinds of things some of them resembles fruits.It wore a beaded neckless.Feet are not exactly joined but still in touch....!
    What does it signifies??? please tell.

  42. thanks so much for your explanations here. I come from a catholic family, but my grandfather visited Asia often, and brought home many statues - he loved the fat happy buddhas, and because of him, so did my mother, and we always had them (and other buddha figurines) in the house when I was growing up. She considered them to be good luck, and always said they made her feel "peaceful."

    Now buddhism plays a big part in my life, and though i have a preference for the more serene, meditating figures, I have more than a few of the others, and always wondered what they symbolized. Thanks for posting!

  43. Satish15.10.12

    Hi, Which type of Laughing Buddha, can I give to my Love. She was not feeling well from last one year. Please suggest me and say number from above Buddha Images.

  44. Hi

    You can give whatever laughing Buddha that you are drawn to I can't possible say which one to go for as it is down to the individual really. The only advise
    I can give you is to look at different Buddha and you will be drawn to one and that is the one I would go for, you need to touch and feel them and get a nice
    feeling about the Buddha. If your looking for one via the internet then take a good look at them and see which one you feel drawn to. There are many different
    Buddha's so don't just choose from the few I have shown on my website look around and you will find the Buddha for you or your loved one.
    I hope this helps
    Love and light Kaysha

  45. Hi,
    Thank you for the information on Buddha. Itscleared my doubts.Some one told me that it brings luck to some people only.My mom got a small Buddha as a gift today has a bowl it its left hand...

  46. Anonymous10.11.12

    Hi kaysha. I am in a very sad situation. I gifted a buddha to my boyfriend, thinking it will bring him luck and happiness. However he do not like it. I am very upset and dont want to return it and change it as it is the one i choosed and took me a long time to look for it, as it is the one which i felt attracted to. Do you think i can gift it to someone else? I do not want it to be bad luck for him. Thanks.

  47. Anonymous17.11.12

    Can you tell me about your sixth Buddha above? Other than what you have already mentioned of course! The chocolate one with both arms raised as if to clap or embrace you? I fell in love with him at a local thrift store and took him home and repaired a broken finger. He now greets me and everyone else when we open our front door. Pretty wonderful - I always smile and rub his head/belly! So lovely.

  48. Anonymous30.11.12

    Thank you from Canberra Australia

  49. hi :) great blog. i bought a spiritual journey Buddha today and he is now as perfectly situated as i can get him. I looked on other websites and they all say that he shouldn't be in a bedroom, do you know why?

  50. Hi
    Thank you for getting in touch and I am so happy you like my blog, now to answer your question regarding placement of your Buddha in the bedroom. The reason is mainly
    out of respect to your Buddha as you can imagine a lot of things happen in the bedroom! Buddha does not really want to see you in that way and that is why you shouldn't
    place him in the bedroom, the same goes for the dinning room as well Buddha does not want to see you eating so it is only out of respect really a lot of Feng Shui advises
    not to place him there.
    Hope this helps
    Love and light
    Kaysha x

  51. Hi Kaysha, i have gifted a golden Buddha with bag on his back to friend but it some how has been returned to me. My friend forgot to take with her and i have shifted to her room. What does it mean? Also, I have Laughing Buddha gifted by my friends, in a sitting on a chair and coins and golden balls spread around him. I have placed him near window and it is opposite to my door. Also, since it is single room so it is bedroom and dinning room as well. I am a vegan however. Please help me to find meaning and suitable place where I can put my Laughing Buddhas.

  52. Anonymous11.12.12

    hi,does the size of budha really matters?

  53. My kaysha,
    My boss has gifted me a laughing buddha today, its golden in color with and bowl in left hand with a golden ball in it. It also hold a bag in its right hand behind it's shoulder which cover's till it's left shoulder and has a coin in the end of the right hand. Can you please help me out to figure it which buddha it is and where should i keep it on my cubicle...


  54. Anonymous27.12.12

    hi kaysha
    we have lived in our home for 4 years and recently when sorting out our kitchen cupboards we discovered a laughing budda sangria bottle unopened hidden in a bend of a cupboard we never use. it isnt ours and must have been hidden before we moved here. he was wedged in and it took alot of effort to remove him, do you think we should return him to the dark or place him facing our lounge door to bring us luck?

  55. Hi kaysha,
    Just received laughing buddha for christmas and wondering if you could give me a definition of what He is holding a small bowl with a pearl like ball, possibly an ingot?inside of it,(this is in his right hand). His left hand is facing downwards with nothing in it. He has on mala beads that have a circle with a small square within it,suspended from it. He is similar to the first pic in your blog otherwise. Thank you in advance.

  56. Anonymous1.1.13

    Greetings! I have been searching for a likeness of my Buddha online for many, many hours....hoping to find out more about it. My Buddha is carved from wood and stands 51 inches high. The paint is very worn and it appears to be old.My guess is that it was made in India....very lifelike and serene, with closed eyes, a crown,a beaded necklace,left hand raised and holding a gold "pearl", right hand slightly raised and holding a jar of some kind. Like I said, I have viewed hundreds of Buddhas and not found one that resembles mine at all. Would you be able to tell me what my Buddha represents? Thank you so much.

  57. Anonymous1.2.13

    Hi Kaysha,
    Love all the info you give about laughing Buddha. I just purchased a Buddha similiar to the sixth one down in your picture selection. He simply has his hands raised. Can you tell me his meaning? Thanks so much!
    Love and light to you.

  58. Anonymous17.2.13

    Hi Kaysha;
    I have several Buddhas and I would like to know is disrespectful if I carry them all around with me in my purse. When I look at them I tend to feel happy and less stressed. I think by me carrying them it will teach me not to get mad or stress less. So far, I have seen good things happen in my life after having them for a few days. Please tell me what you think. I currently have them in my bedroom but I single, but I do feel uncomfortable getting dress in front him, so I try to get dress in the bathroom. Honestly, I am happy when I see them in every morning.

  59. Anonymous10.3.13

    hello kaysha :) can u pls tell me what the budha that is shown in red color placed 3rd from the bottom of the pics mean? thanks in advance

  60. Anonymous12.3.13

    Hi, Thanks for the lovely information about laughing buddha. I have laughing buddha at my home who have bowl in his right hand and have pot beside him. the pot is empty and as big as laughing buddha. Can you please describe me what is the meaning of that empty pot which is located beside the laughing buddha.?

  61. Anonymous25.3.13

    Dear Kaysha:
    I found your blog so interesting! I came across a laughing Buddha this weekend in an antique store. He is fairly large, wooden, and he has the gold prayer beads in one hand and a sack in his other. I was told by the owner of the antique store that he was from Japan and that he had been hand carved and buried for 3 years before being brought out to "look old." I was very drawn to the Buddha...I don't know why...but I visited him 4 times in one day in the store before I broke down and bought him! I am following your advice on placement in my home but I was wondering two things:
    -Is it okay to have a mirror behind your Buddha?
    -Is there anything I should do (since I don't know where he belonged prior) to put my energy into him or cleanse him for my home?
    Thanks for your time!

  62. Hello Nicole
    Thank you so much for getting in touch and I am so happy you found my site so interesting ~ thank you. Now on to your question regarding your new Buddha, he sounds lovely
    and because you felt so drawn to him you know he is in the right place living with you! It is always the way to go when you feel so drawn to a Buddha so it is wonderful you went with your intuition and purchased your Buddha. Regarding your mirror and wanting to put it behind your Buddha, well that depends on the layout of the room where you have your Buddha.

    Is there a reason you want to place a mirror behind him? Normally your Buddha should not have clutter around him he should be in pride of place when using mirrors you need to pay
    attention for placement of the mirror for a few examples here ~

    Mirrors should never reflect toilet doors or sharp edges of corners.
    Mirrors work best in the living and dining areas.
    Mirrors in the hall visually expand the internal bright hall making space for good fortune chi to settle
    So as you can see it depends whee your Buddha is in your home.

    On a personal note here I wouldn't actually place a mirror behind your Buddha but of course it depends on your reasons why you want to do this?

    In respect of cleansing your Buddha you shouldn't really need to do this as Buddha has his own energies and these are always good energies but if you really want to, you
    can use a smudge stick in which to do this for the room where your Buddha is placed. You can purchase these very easily from any spiritual or new age store, I am not
    sure where you are so I can't help you with a store, but you can make your own easily and it is better to make your own if you can. Here is a link from my site how to
    do this

    Above all really enjoy your new Buddha and if you have a picture I would so love to see him!
    I hope I have helped and if you need further help or advise then please do get in touch.
    With love and Light
    Kaysha x

  63. Anonymous12.4.13

    I know this is a stupid but please answer can I keep a small buddha in my purse? also what does a purple buddha mean? Thanks! Your website is very interesting...

  64. Anonymous20.4.13

    I don't know if you still check this or not, but my dad brought home a buddha today and we have many throughout our home but this one is much different.. he looks to be a laughing buddha and is quite large (about 2 foot high) he has the necklace, a bowl in his right hand and wrapped around him is a chinese dragon.. any idea as to what his meaning is?

  65. Anonymous9.5.13

    Hi Kaysha ... This is Ricky from Kolkata .. have went through your blog and found it very interesting ... I want some suggestions from you regarding the kind of Laughing Budhha ... Actually I want to have this deity for Good fortune and wealth ... Which one would be the most appropriate one ?? Can u help me out ??

    Regards ...

  66. Anonymous17.5.13

    Hi there! I have a laughing Buddha that I would like to ask you about! He's sitting down and he had two containers full of something, I can't tell what. His right hand is facing up holding a crystal ball, and in his left hand he has some sort of bar looking thing that rests on his shoulder as well. It has two flower looking things on each end of it and a buckle in the middle. I'm not sure what it is.. I would just like to know what this particular Buddha means / represents!

  67. Thnak you very much for the prompt answer

  68. Anonymous27.5.13

    I have been searching all over to find more information on a statue that I found. My laughing Buddha is sitting holding a ru yi in his right hand, grasping the end of a sack in his left hand, the sack is lying along his left side under his arm, and long srand of beads around neck. Would love more information to its meani!

  69. Anonymous25.6.13

    Recently we brought a laughing buddha sitting with right leg on the floor and left leg placed slightly perpendicular to the ground, wearing a long chain of beads lying till over his port belly, carrying a big sack over his head with both his hands holding the sack. The sack is horizontal to the ground over the head, right hand holding the bottom part of the sack with a bat seated above at the right (bottom) part of the sack and left hand holding the top part of the sack. Major part of the weight is towards the right with head slightly tilted towards the left and smiling. It is made of polystone stone. We have been searching for its meaning and the position to placed at home. Kindly help

  70. Anonymous10.7.13

    hi i have read your blog and really liked a lot but i an confused want to gift a laughing buddha to my husband who is preparing for his i want to gift the one which brings good luck and success.

  71. Hi I have a standing one with bags in right hand and some kind of Carl's of zones I guess and golden ball in left hand and with a cap behind

  72. hi i have a lughing budhdha with both hands up with nothing in hand
    could u tell me its meaning and also the positions of that one in my room

  73. Thank you for getting in touch you will find all of the meanings for your Buddha here on the site, please read thru the different sections where you will find the meaning.
    Thanks for getting in touch

  74. Bijit30.8.13

    I have a laughing buddha standing on one leg, with a fan in left hand and a phamplet (with chinese script) in right hand.
    Could you please tell me the meaning and the positioning in my living room.

  75. Shona16.9.13

    This a superb blog.. Congrats Kaysha.. I find the laughing Buddha cute but I am little scared as I am afraid if I donot follow the "rules' it may bring harm. I recently got a Buddha by my boy friend, I was reluctant to keep it.. It is made of radium.. I would post its picture.. May be you can tell me more about it..

  76. hiiii what type of budha i can give to a person who is feeling very low deprees and not concentrate on their work and where to keep it plz help thank you

  77. Anonymous28.10.13

    hi earlier I had a laughing buddha red in color, but it get broken down while we were shifting our place..what should i do as I am not feeling good after that and i dnt know whether its a coincidence or something else as after that not a single day of my life passed happily....

  78. Hi Kaysha,
    I want to give the best laughing Buddha to my best and closest friend. Reading your blog helped me understand the meaning and significance of laughing Buddha. I would really appreciate if you suggest me a laughing Buddha sculpture which will provide prosperity in wealth, peace of mind and good health. It would be really helpful if you can send me the picture of laughing Buddha you will suggest. I had already added this post before few minutes but couldn't see it in list so i have again added it. Please I want this gift to be the best and this will be his surprise gift. I hope you will surely help me out with this.
    Thanks Kaysha.

  79. Hi
    Thank you for getting in touch, regarding your Buddha gift well that is really down to personal choice that isn't something I can do for you. You know your friend better then anyone
    there are so many beautiful Buddha out there it is really hard for me to point you to a particular one, it is always best to go with you instincts, when I am purchasing a new Buddha nine times out of ten I will spot him when I either first walk into a store, or on the net or wherever and I can look around at others in the same place but I always seem to go right back to the first one! Buddha seems to find you and you will know once you see him and pick him up you will have a lovely feeling with him and that is the one you should get.
    Hope this helps
    Love and light

  80. Thanks Kaysha i will surely try this...

  81. Anonymous17.11.13

    I hav gifted a laughing buddha to my friend 3 yrs shez very rich and lucky..she has everything but I am still unlucky and suffering.she ignores me bcoz I am not upto her standard.she diddnt gift me anything..she z very cunning.will buddha give her luck all her life.....I am depressed

  82. Anonymous23.11.13

    Hi Kaysha, its just a great blog, and I love to read all the informations given by you. I also have a budha collection, one is placed on my daughters study table, one is placed in car on the dash board, the last one is placed at my office on my desktop stand, but its not on my eye contact,like its below my eye contact, do you think I have to change its position,i just love to keep budha with me, as it has really helped me and I have great feeling and respect for him, would love to read more information about Budha, I also light a candle on 8th of May, during his birthday.

  83. hi kaysha,
    your blog is very interesting i have the laughing buddha image 3 on your blog. left hand with a bowl and a bowl in it and right hand is holding a stick with a bag attached to one end. with coins jus below his wrist what does this buddha signify.

  84. Anonymous16.12.13

    Nice to see your blog on Feng shui. I have a standing laughing budha with raised hands and palms facing upwards with red apples in the palm. Ths one I got as a gift. Some one said that this type of laughing Buddha should not be used because it symbolizes losing things. Is it right? Further broken but glued together Buddha can be placed?

  85. Anonymous18.12.13

    hello this is chitra... i got married 3 yrs back and we r trying for children.. i hv got budha with five children... pls give a suggestion that where shd i keep this budha for children... and i am also having a pair of mandarian ducks... where should i keep this for great love and affection of my husband towards me... thanq

  86. Anonymous23.1.14

    one uncle and aunty gifted me laughing bhuddha he is in standing postion with hand raise in one hand carries ball and one hand gold beeds he is big size iam confussed as my house main door is facing south east wht is the best location to keep the budhha in house i have a show case which is on east side facing west so can i place buddha on east facing west pl help.

  87. I purchased a laughing buddha sitting on golden coins and a golden pot with a ball in it in his left hand.a frog is sitting near his right leg and his right hand is balancing his sitting posture.left leg is positioned upwards and right leg in sitting position. I would like to know my buddha meaning and now i placed it in a showcase with glass door facing towards my front it correct..??

  88. Anonymous7.5.14

    Hi,i have placed my laughing buddha on top of my car dashboard, and one is placed on my computer base,is this OK,also i have received a birthday card of Buddha and have placed on my wardrobe in my bed room is it OK,i just love to do collection on buddha and your site is so interesting.

  89. hi Kaysha,
    My friend gifted me a laughing buddha. He wears a necklace of prayer beads and carries a sack over his head , which has some symbols on it. What does it mean? Where is the proper position to keep it?
    I'm eagerly waiting for your answer.

  90. Hello,
    This painting is very nice and very good.thankx for shareing this site.

  91. Hello,
    I have read all the days postings and am concerned about my placement of a standing, laughing Buddha. I have placed him on a console table facing the front door which faces east. My front door is full glass and the mirror reflects the outside. Should I find a better place for him? Another thing is he has no beads but is carrying a sack and in his left upturned palm is what appears to be an apple. what is his meaning?

  92. I am concerned about the placement of my standing, happy Buddha. He is on a console table in front of a a wall mirror that faces the front door, which faces east and is full glass so the mirror reflects the outside. Should I move him to a better location?
    Also I would like feedback on his meaning. He is carrying a sack but has no beads and in his right upturned palm is what appears to be an apple.

  93. My standing, laughing Buddha is in front of a full mirror that faces east to a full glass front door that reflects the outside. Is this a bad placement ? Should I move him? Also he is carrying a sack but has no beads and in his right hand it appears to be an apple. Can you tell me the meaning please.

  94. Hi Kaysha , need your advice..can I share with you image of laughing Buddha Gifted to me's light creamish in color, with a pitcher (some coconut type thing on its top) in right hand and a bowl with some circular ball on its top holding in in left hand..request your kind advice where to keep at home..also what's its meaning ??

  95. Priya Kapoor11.6.14

    Hi - I have a sitting Laughing Buddha who is sitting partially on his sac (the right hand is holding the open end of the sac and the left hand is placed on left side of sac with palms inwards). Behind the buddha is the some protruding boat shape, and next to the sac to his left is a pretty bowl with lots of ingots all along the edge. also, in front of sac below are 2 ingots and 1 blue ball. What does this signify please?

  96. Anonymous29.6.14

    Hi Ms.Kaysha,

    I hope you are well.ive seen so many site but yours is totally unique...I have questions regarding my laughing budha, i have the set of golden laughing budha, one pc of them i brought it to my work place which is in " sales" but we are not allowed to display any figurines so i put my budha in my drawers together with the brochures and samples of skin care which ive been selling. is this good? i brougth this budha to increase my sales and i believe that he will help me to reach my target every month.this budha is standing with both hands upright holding like a boat shaped. is this budha is for business.? thanks for your help more power to you

  97. Anonymous23.7.14

    Thank you , I had been given a statue and did not know it's meaning until I found your blog :)

  98. Anonymous31.7.14

    Hi. I hope you can help. I have a happy Buddha statue that when you turn him round has a demonic face with sharp teeth and horns. On the other side he is a laughing Buddha. I am unceratin as to its meaning.

  99. can i buy bunch(set) of buddha's or single would be okay..

  100. Anonymous1.11.14

    hi.. your blog is wonderful, i got a standing laughing Buddha as a gift there is a gourd in his right hand and a stick in other hand and that hand is up side, there is a something like a bag is on end of the stick and wearing a necklace of pearl, the Buddha is in white and silver colour

  101. Anonymous1.11.14

    hii i have got the gift of standing laughing Buddha, standing on the left leg with gourd in his right hand and the left hand is up side, there is a stick in the left hand and there is a bag at the one end of that stick and there is some thing is written in Chinese on the other end of that stick, there is a necklace wearing by him. please guide me about the importance of this Buddha and also tell me about where should i have to put it in my house waiting for your reply

  102. Ihave a laughing Buddha with five children on his knees and shoulders. His hands are Palm down on his knees one hand holding beads. Can you give me info on him. Nthanks

  103. Hi I have found. Buddha and I am hoping you can tell me what he means. He seems very old and I found him in a necklace pouch. A Buddhist told me he was a laughing buddha . His hands are both down cradled around his belly. He has something over his left shouldr and although it seems like a satchel it looks like almost an inverted S on his back if you could email me at then I can send you a picture. I can't find anything that looks like him on the Internet. I sure hope you can help!

  104. hi.... will move to our new house few weeks from now. i dont know which buddha i should buy between pic no. 2 and picture no. 5. both in green color but pic no. 2 is darker than pic no. 5 in jade color.mthanks for your help

  105. hello... will move-in to our new house few weeks from now. i like to have a laughing buddha but dont know what to choose between pic no. 2 and picture no. 5. thank you

  106. Anonymous13.3.15

    hi.... i might be moving in our new house at honolulu hawaii a few weeks from now. the feng sheu store has only 2 laughing buddha to choose from.... no. 2 and no.5 of the above pictures. whichmone should i buy

  107. Anonymous18.3.15

    i will be moving in our new house. what kind of a laughing buddha should i have?

  108. Anonymous6.7.15

    I have a Laughing Buddah holding a lotus blossoms and has nine children. Each child is holding a gift. Why so many children, usually there are only five children with the Laughing Buddah.

  109. Hi I just bought a metal Buddha from the markets.. It is sitting with the right foot protruding and the left knee bent...In right hand a small ball and the other a lotus flower? or what looks like a thick nail..he is smiling.. Hope he is a Wealth Buddha.. Thanks for any insight and blessings.. Erja Daley Queensland Australia..

  110. I love your blog, its very informative. The kind of knowledge that u have provided is "PRICELESS". I just bought a laughing buddha for my front door and the table which is 29inches. As soon u enter my home, you are greeted with buddha. I do have a question, is that a good height of a table because its not at eye level. I can always put something nice on table to elevate the height of buddha!!

  111. I was given a buddah as a gift and was wondering what it meant. It came from Thailand and looks old. Its made of a silver colour metal and is roughly 2 inches high. Buddah himself is sitting, with the soles of his feet touching in front of him and his hands are together in front of him like he is praying. Really enjoying your site it is very informative . Many Thanks


  113. Anonymous19.1.16


    This site is very informative.
    I am not sure how true is the information.
    however I liked it.
    So I have a question...
    I wanted to buy a laughing budda and gift it to my Husband.
    I heard that budda should not be bought , it should be gifted.
    How true is that? Can I gift it to my husband? please suggest.


  114. Hi I have a large Buddha statue with 9 children
    One of the children is wearing get a crown
    Can you help with the meaning

  115. I got my hands on this laughing Buddha that I can't find the meaning to anywhere. He is sitting on a Bag and holding what looks like a long scroll or maybe an instrument which runs from high in his left hand and goes lower in his right hand. Have you ever seen one like that?