|Budai or Hotei, the "fat happy monk and bodhisattva" behind the Buddha (Khorsani/flickr)|
|Budai, Laughing Buddha (Melo Man/flick|
|The Buddha's father, Suddhodana (enasha.com)|
Shakyamuni Buddha, guardian nagas, Budai/Hotei, and Kwan Yin on a Chinese-inspired altar in Thailand (thailandinformation.de)
Budai/Hotei/Laughing Buddha, as seen in this short video, has become incorporated into Buddhist, Taoist, and Shinto culture -- based on a beloved Chinese monk, a kind of Buddhist Santa Claus figure who carried a big sack and gave candy and trinkets to kids.
|Budai, Money Buddha (Abraham-Hicks/Law of Attraction)|