"Unveil my creations" - A happy Man

Budai in folklore is admired for his happiness, plenitude, and wisdom of contentment. One belief popular in folklore maintains that rubbing his belly brings wealth, good luck, and prosperity.

Budai is traditionally depicted as a fat bald man wearing a robe and wearing or otherwise carrying prayer beads. He carries his few possessions in a cloth sack, being poor but content. He is often depicted entertaining or being followed by adoring children. His figure appears throughout Chinese culture as a representation of contentment.His image graces many temples, restaurants, amulets, and businesses.

He is almost always shown smiling or laughing, hence his nickname in Chinese, the Laughing Buddha.


Here is my version of Budai:

11 comments:

Pradeepa said...

Good one. I saw your other paintings too. All are nice.

Muhammad Israr said...

hmmm...never knew about this one...the smiling budha..amazing :)

veena krishnakumar said...

This looks so nice and a nice write up too...did not know the story behind this!!!!wow...u seem to be painting a lot now a days:-)keep going!!!!

Bikramjit said...

he he I like this one .. usually most are of him sitting down

I like this standing smiling buddha

Bikram's

Sahana Rao said...

Wow! Beautiful. Did you attend classes Ashwini?
Nice to know the story behind this.

Jack said...

Ashwini,

Read 3 posts now. Captivating fiction with such beautifully done glass paintings. Thanks for information on December. Laughing Buddha looks alive.

Take care

KParthasarathi said...

So you have this drawing to bring pots of luck and cheer to the blog and its owner!!!
Nicely done.

A said...

Very good one...Nice work

Rachna said...

Buddha looks angry?

A guilty conscience said...

nice post..////when i was a child i was like obsessed with collecting laughing buddha....i loved the red stone they are made of...i have currently 42 small big laughing buddha.........

ಅಶ್ವಿನಿ/ Ashwini said...

@Pradeepa: Thank you!

@Muhammad Israr: I thought these might be some interesting facts as it surprised me when I read about it.

@Veena Krishnakumar: You're back after a long time ... Yeah have got into this crazy painting ideas.. Love the splashes.. And yeah thank you very much for the encouragement.

@Bikram: Yes... Wanted to bring some uniqueness.. :) Standing smiling buddha .. That's a nice name..

@Sahana Rao: Illa I am not going to any classes. Using my free time into long trashed hobbies. It gives me to be myself when I paint.

@Jack: Wow the buddha's alive.. Thats a wonderful comment. And Thanks might not be enough for the encouraging words.

@A: Thanks so much..

@Rachna: Noooo he is smiling .. :)

@ A guilty conscience: you have a wonderful collection. It would be great if you could place them all together and click a picture for us to have a look.. Welcome to my space and happy reading.

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