The Laughing Buddha, A Symbol of Feilai Peak in Hangzhou

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Carved in the Southern Song Dynasty, the statue of the “Laughing Buddha” is a classic work. It is by far the largest of all the carvings on Feilai Peak. The Laughing Buddha, as you can see, has a huge belly, head and cheeks, and it is surrounded by arhats from all directions. The carving does a great job at intentionally posing the Buddha in a form of absolute joy and liberated manner. This is a quote from its description, “His belly is big enough to contain all intolerable things in the world; His mouth is ever ready to laugh at all snobbish people on the earth.”


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