Home Discussion Forum What is the meaning behind the travelling buddha statue?

What is the meaning behind the travelling buddha statue?

I have a buddha statue. He is laughing, carrying a sack on his back and holding what looks like a leaf. Can anyone tell me the meaning behind it please.


  1. Chances are that your statue represents Budai/Putai, a 10th century Chinese monk who is sometimes known as the “Laughing Buddha.”
    In East Asia, Budai is celebrated for his ability to bring good fortune. His large sack carries goodies for all people. He is also thought to be an incarnation of Maitreya, the “Future Buddha” who will appear some time in the . . . future!
    Here are a couple of images of Budai – you can see if these look anything like your figure:

  2. yes this is hoti
    the buddha of today
    when the buddha shakyamuni was leaving this earth
    he said that he would return in the future
    as Maitreya
    hoti is the representation as seen by the crafts people of
    china and japan where the spirit of the buddhas teaching
    reached brought there by bodhidharma
    the sack is full of toys for the children
    made by hoti in his mountain home
    the leaf is the leaf of the tea plant to symbolise wake-fullness
    given by bodhidharma when he tore off his eye lids so as to remain awake
    the eye lids are said to have grown into the tea plant


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here