There are few feng shui cures as popular - and as universal in their application - as the Laughing Buddha. Used as a feng shui cure for good luck, abundance, happiness, success, good health (well, let's just say for everything good!); any feng shui bagua area can benefit from the sparkling energy of the Laughing Buddha.
You can find the Laughing Buddha in a variety of feng shui products
- from statues and bells to keychains 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
. But first, have you asked yourself why is the Buddha actually laughing? Aren't Buddhas suppose to be serenely and peacefully looking within?
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 light heartedness, joy and laughter to everyday life.
Also called the Happy, Hotei or Traveling Buddha, the Laughing Buddha is 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 most common feng shui use of the Laughing Buddha is as 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 see at least one Laughing buddha in Chinese restaurants, for example.
If you want to use a Laughing Buddha statue as a feng shui cure for your home, first decide on best materials and colours 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. Would a white colour Laughing Buddha look best in your home? Maybe a golden one?
Choose a Laughing Buddha statue that helps you attract and strengthen the feng shui energy you need.
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 (Southeast). Is your focus on vibrant health? Choose a Laughing Buddha with a Wu Lou in his hand and place the statue in the East feng shui bagua area.
Treat your Laughing Buddha with respect, never place the statue on the floor.
One of the best feng shui locations for a Laughing Buddha is close to the main 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 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.
If you really 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.
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