QUAN YIN BUDDHA
Quan Yin is a Goddess among Buddhist followers of Mahayana Buddhism. She is also known as Kuan Yin, Quan'Am (Vietnam), Kannon (Japan), and Kanin (Bali). Quan Yin is the embodiment of mercy and compassion.
She is a Bodhisattva or one achieved perfect enlightenment and was entitled to enter directly into Nirvana but renounced this in order to first bring salvation to all suffering mankind. Her kindred heart and compassionate character has touched the hearts of many. She helps and guides all beings in attaining better merits and karma in life. Her mercy flows much like quicksilver. She is one of the true mercury treasures.
The presence of Quan Yin in your home will provide protection and stability. She is the Goddess to seek when you are in deep depression and going through great difficulties in all areas of your life. She will help you overcome sickness, family problems, relationship difficulties, roadblocks in your career, problems conceiving, issues with your children, death of loved ones, all forms of stress, examination problems and other types of bad luck.
The laughing Buddha
Known as Hotei (Japan) and Pu-Tai (China), these figures embody the ideals of the good life: i.e. health, happiness, prosperity and longevity.
They represent the later Buddhist notions that the good life was indeed attainable in this world. It consisted of self-mastery, a happy demeanor, purposeful endeavor, a deep commitment to the welfare of others and enlightened awareness.
Scholars believe that the Laughing Buddha is in fact modeled on an historical figure, a fat wandering Zen monk named Pu-tai. All sources describe him as obese, with wrinkled forehead, and a white protruding belly which he left uncovered. There was another feature of his bodily appearance that captured attention. Wherever he went, he wore a pu-tai (Japanese Hotei) or cloth-bag. Thus he came to be known as Pu-tai Hoshang or hemp-bag monk. Legend has it that in this bag he carried candy for the children. Over the centuries within China, Buddhist notions of happiness based on self-mastery and enlightened insight were fused with popular Chinese life-ideals of happiness through material prosperity, thus today the hemp sack may be interpreted as filled with gold, filled with happiness, health, and other aspects of abundance.
Happy Hotei's come in many forms. We have a 3 different sets of 6 for you that cover all the bases! Each set includes a story card describing the buddhas from Left to Right: Safe Travel Buddha (on a journey with a hemp sack full of protection), Happy Home Buddha (sitting on a large gold nugget representing solid foundation, with a smaller nugget in his hand to give to others), Love Buddha (sitting in love and compassion), Prosperity Buddha (holding a Ru-Yi Pot or Bowl of Plenty up to the universe for receiving abundance), Long Life Buddha (sitting with his fan hat and enjoying the good life!) and Spiritual Journey Buddha (dressed for the journey in fine robes, with a fan for understanding and a sack to collect insights)