Buddha imagery abounds, but the laughing Buddha is the most recognizable and beloved of all. The Laughing Buddha (also known as Hotei in Japan or Pu-Tai in China) is thought to be based on an actual wandering Chinese monk who lived at the time of the Liang Dynasty (907-923 AD). He is known as the Buddha of wealth and bliss, and it is believed that he will bring riches to those who display him in their home or business. Laughing Buddhas take a variety of postures but those holding a bowl are deemed symbols of good fortune. Rubbing the Buddha’s exposed belly is said to uplift you mentally, inspire to your spirits and fulfill you.