All you need to know about keeping a laughing Buddha statue at home

Here is a detailed guide on how to use the laughing Buddha, which is considered as a lucky décor item, in your household

The laughing Buddha is considered as a symbol of happiness, abundance, contentment and wellbeing. Laughing Buddha statues are considered auspicious and are often kept in homes, offices, hotels and restaurants, for positive energy and good luck.


Significance of laughing Buddha statue at home

The laughing Buddha is believed to be a 10th-century Chinese monk, named Budai. The statue of the laughing Buddha reminds us to be grateful, overcome obstacles and most importantly, be happy in life. In the Feng Shui tradition, the reason for buying and placing statues in the home, is to correct a certain imbalance in one’s life. Although it is a symbol from Feng Shui, Vastu Shastra practitioners also encouraged the placement of laughing Buddhas at home. The laughing Buddha bears a similarity to Kubera, (the god of wealth). So, Indians associate it with prosperity.


Laughing Buddha statue material

Laughing Buddha statues are available in wood, metal, stone, porcelain, etc. and are usually painted in gold colour. It is a belief that if one rubs the belly of the figurine every day with an affirmative mindset, their wishes will be granted.

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Laughing Buddha statute colours

Though the most popular colour of laughing Buddha is golden yellow, which symbolises prosperity and abundance.

Laughing Buddha in black colour is associated with the water element in Chinese culture. It helps to invite fluidity, good luck and wisdom.

Laughing Buddha in green jade colour stands for the wood element and is associated with growth, hope and harmony.

A laughing Buddha statue in red is linked with fire that can help in passion, inspiration and also good fortune. It is a colour that denotes celebration and luck.

A white-coloured or silver-ceramic laughing Buddha signifies wealth, peace and happiness.


Different types of laughing Buddha

Laughing Buddha with a sack or bag

All you need to know about keeping a laughing Buddha statue at home

The sack signifies that the laughing Buddha gathers one’s suffering and misery and puts them in his sack and gives one abundance and positivity. The sack also represents wealth and good fortune.

Laughing Buddha holding beads

All you need to know about keeping a laughing Buddha statue at home

The beads symbolise meditation. The beads are believed to bring affluence and prosperity. Other interpretations are that it signifies pearls of wisdom or a fruit like a peach or apricot, representing health.

Laughing Buddha sitting on a gold nugget

All you need to know about keeping a laughing Buddha statue at home

This statue of Buddha sitting on a large gold nugget and giving a smaller golden nugget, depicts him bestowing good luck. This statue will protect one from negativity and give good vibes.

Laughing Buddha with a fan and wu lou

All you need to know about keeping a laughing Buddha statue at home

The figurine of a laughing Buddha with a fan in one hand and wu lou (bottle gourd) in the other hand bestows blessings and good health. The fan wards off misfortune while the bottle gourd protects from ill-health.

Laughing Buddha with a hat

All you need to know about keeping a laughing Buddha statue at home

This statue symbolises a long, happy, healthy and relaxed life. Keep this figurine to remove troubles and be blessed with contentment, happiness and a stress-free life.

Laughing Buddha holding a gold ingot, with his hands upright

All you need to know about keeping a laughing Buddha statue at home

This pose symbolises riches and good luck. It is believed that this pose attracts blessings from the heavens, prosperity and ample luck for one’s endeavors.

Laughing Buddha with a bowl

All you need to know about keeping a laughing Buddha statue at home

Laughing Buddha with a bowl represents a monk, who spends his life just for the happiness of people and in pursuit of enlightenment. The bowl symbolises receiving good fortune and positive energy and higher wisdom.

Laughing Buddha surrounded by children

All you need to know about keeping a laughing Buddha statue at home

This laughing Buddha statue represents the well-being of the family. This figurine is also kept in the house to eliminate problems related to children. It improves fertility and overall health.

Laughing Buddha sitting on dragon tortoise

All you need to know about keeping a laughing Buddha statue at home

This statue is a symbol of good career and success. It denotes that one will never face hurdles in education. The dragon represents strength and the turtle signifies stability.

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Meditating laughing Buddha

All you need to know about keeping a laughing Buddha statue at home

For a calm and peaceful life, opt for a statue of a laughing Buddha in the state of meditation. Doing so, will help you manage any stress in your life with ease and enjoy serenity.


Laughing Buddha sitting on an elephant

This statue of laughing Buddha on an elephant symbolises good luck and fortune. An upward-pointed elephant trunk denotes happiness, prosperity, success and wisdom. Place it in the living room, facing the main door, to attract positive energy.


Laughing Buddha with fish

This statue symbolises the Buddha’s wealth and abundance. Keeping this statue at home brings prosperity, success and financial gains, as fishes in Feng Shui represents abundance.


Laughing Buddha’s posture

  • The sitting posture of Buddha is considered to be that of love and it symbolises the stability of thoughts and tranquillity.
  • The standing Buddha symbolises treasure and happiness.

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Laughing Buddha hand meanings

Laughing Buddha with both hands raised signifies success in financial matters or personal obstacles. Also, this pose brings blessings from heaven.

The hand lowered with the palm facing outward is the gesture of bestowing joy and blessings. The hand is extended downward and the wrist is bent at the right angle with the forearm suggesting charity and magnanimity.

The hand on the head symbolizes enjoyment, happiness, and good fortune.

The hand raised and palm facing outward fingers pointing upward is the symbol of reassurance and positivity.

Both hands of laughing Buddha with palms upward, the right hand is on the top of the left head signifies meditation, the balance of thought and tranquil mind.

The left hand in the lap, palm upward and the right-hand bends on the right knee with fingers slightly touching the ground symbolising spiritual knowledge and wisdom.

Placement and direction of laughing Buddha at home

According to Feng Shui, placing statues in the home helps to overcome imbalance in one’s life, bring harmony and have a peaceful and prosperous life. Here, we look at the correct placement of the laughing Buddha at home.

  • The east, the direction of the rising sun, is where the laughing Buddha should be placed. It is said to be the spot for good fortune for the family. To bring harmony and happiness to the family, place the idol in this direction.
  • If the statue is placed in the south-east direction, it will lead to an increase in the wealth of the family.
  • Laughing Buddha represents balance and inner peace. By placing the statue of a Buddha in the north-east direction, one can promote the energy of this corner and focus to gain wisdom.
  • The energy that enters the house from the main door is welcomed by the laughing Buddha and it is activated and unwanted energy is cleansed. So, place the laughing Buddha on a corner table, diagonally opposite or facing the main door. Ensure that the statue faces the inside of the room and not outside.
  • In the Feng Shui belief, each individual has a specific direction as his ‘Sheng Chi’, direction. Placing a laughing Buddha in this direction at home will enhance wealth and overall well-being.
  • The Chinese consider it to be an auspicious symbol as its smiling face and a bag of wealth that it always carries is considered to bring in happiness and prosperity. For this reason, it is advisable to place it in such a way that the laughing Buddha faces the inflowing chi from the entrance and not with its back to it.

As laughing Buddha is considered a protector of children, place a small statue in children’s room, facing the door for protection and good luck.

Laughing Buddha on the work and study desk

Placing a laughing Buddha on the desk in the office helps in career prospects and to avoid clashes, disagreements, and spats with co-workers. For students, it will help to keep the laughing Buddha on their study table for better concentration and excellence in their academics.

See also: Vastu-compliant study table designs for your home

Places to avoid keeping the laughing Buddha

  • One should never place the statue in the kitchen, bathroom or toilet.
  • Never keep the statue on the floor directly. The statue should be placed at least at eye level.
  • Always keep the area around the statue clean and clutter-free.
  • Avoid placing the statue near electrical outlets, motors, or above any electronic appliance as it can disturb or block the aura of good energy.
  • Never keep the laughing Buddha above a shoe rack.



What direction should laughing Buddha face in a home?

The laughing Buddha can be placed in the east, south-east or north-east direction of the home, or opposite to the main entrance, facing the inside of the house.

Is Laughing Buddha good or bad?

The laughing Buddha is believed to be a lucky charm that brings wealth, prosperity and health.

Is laughing Buddha a god?

It is believed that the laughing Buddha figurine is a depiction of Budai, a Chinese monk from the 10th century.

Can I keep a laughing Buddha statue in the garden?

One can place a laughing Buddha in the garden but ensure that it is not placed on the ground directly. Keep it on a tray or a stool and the statue should face the east direction.

Is laughing Buddha the same as Gautam Buddha?

Laughing Buddha is not the same as Gautam Buddha. Laughing Buddha is a Chinese monk who was a patron saint of children, while Siddharth Gauatma is the prince of Kapilavastu and the founder of Buddhism, who is known as Buddha, the enlightened one.

How many laughing Buddha statues can I keep at home?

There is no specific number in Feng Shui, regarding keeping laughing Buddha statues at home. Each statue suggests something that can harmonise various aspects of your life. Nevertheless, it is better not to keep too many statues and to place them in the correct direction to attract positive energy.

Can I keep laughing at Buddha in the car?

One can hang or display a laughing Buddha on the front dashboard of the car. It signifies taking away of worries and bringing of joy. It can also be a form of protection for a safe journey.

What does the Baby Buddha monk statue signify?

Little Laughing Buddha Statue or monk figurine the adorable little Buddha is in trend in home decor. It signifies good fortune, peace and happiness, These cute statues come in various colours and poses such as reading, meditating, dancing, speaking no evil, hearing no evil gestures etc.

Which pose represents ‘Happy Buddha’?

The Standing Buddha represents ‘The Happy Buddha’ and is said to bring wealth and happiness, into your home. This pose is also called Jolly Hotei since he is laughing with his hands lifted above his head in celebration.

What are the different names of the laughing Budha?

The Laughing Buddha has become a popular name for Budai, a Chinese, Buddhist Zen monk. He is also known as Fat, chubby and Happy Buddha or Budai (Chinese) or Hotai (Japanese). He is also called Pu-Tai (Budai), which means ‘hempen sack’ which he always had with him full of goodies, such as sweets for children.


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