Maitreya

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"Fat" Happy Buddha

Maitreya Buddha is the future/hopeful Buddha.

Who is actually technically a Bodhisattva.
 

Laughing Buddha, Fat Buddha, Happy Buddha, is often mistaken for the historical Buddha. 

 

Throughout the history of Asia being fat was associated as a sign of Wealth, Health, Prosperity, and Happiness since the common populace had limited access to food and thus were accustomed to being poor and under-fed.

 

When this form of Maitreya Buddha is understood, he is supposed to encourage a sense of Hope and Optimism.

Since he will bring "Wealth" to the world, when the world has forgotten the Dharma.

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