Daibutsu, Kamakura

Daibutsu, Kamakura
Daibutsu in Kamakura, June 2010. There were thousands of school kids visiting that day. It was still great fun.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Jolly stone Buddha

This is another one of the Buddhas in my home. The jolly Buddha is based on a Chinese Ch'an (Zen) monk named Hotei who lived over 1,000 years ago. Because of this monk's benevolent nature, he became known as an incarnation of the bodhisattva who will become Maitreya (the Future Buddha). His large protruding stomach and jolly smile have given him the common designation "Laughing Buddha."

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