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The Story of the Laughing Buddha

Who is that smiling, cherubic Buddha? Is he really a Buddha at all? A favorite symbol of Asian culture even to this day, the Laughing Buddha is really a 10th century monk who roamed China nearly a thousand years ago. His name was Ho Tai (Hotei) and he as thought to be a saintly, an enlightened being and possible a Bodisattva, or one who has attained enlightement as a Buddha. Continue reading

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