• I guess you could say it has to do with the fact that the Buddhist culture doesn’t believe in excessive happiness–its okay to have pride and joy, but it has to be for the right reasons. We’re doing a unit on India in my English course, and from what I’ve learned, this could be fairly accurate. Or, maybe it is just because He has reached Nirvana–who wouldn’t smile? 🙂

  • that would be the laughing Buddha
    the Buddha to come

    where the original Buddha symbolises the middle path and all things in moderation
    the Buddha to come symbolises prosperity and happiness
    he is thought to be lucky

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