It’s a carefree life for this peaceful fella who rests on the bottom of a Bali reef. The laughing buddha painting is surrounded by some of the most bizarre creatures one might see during a dive in that area including a mimic octopus, Copperband butterfly fish, harlequin shrimp, and ribbon eel.
This limited edition giclée print is signed and numbered by Christopher Smart.
This product measures 18″ x 24″.
Who was the Laughing Buddha?
The Laughing Buddha has become a common and popular name for Budai. Some people from the West who are not familiar with Buddhism, may mistake the Laughing Buddha for Gautama Siddhartha, the Buddha. Actually his name was Quieci. But everyone called him “Budai”. He was supposedly a Buddhist Zen monk who lived in China over a thousand years ago. He was different from all other monks. Quieci was a jolly fellow. He often laughed whole heartily and reminded everyone to enjoy life and stay happy. He was very much loved. Budai always had a great big smile on his face. That is why he best known by his nickname “Laughing Buddha”. One legend tells a story illustrating the claim that Budai wanted people to stay positive and joyful. When the beloved monk died many cried. A huge crowd gathered around to take a last farewell with tears running down their checks. The fire was lit at the cremation ceremony. Then to the surprise of most mourners present there was a huge blast of fireworks. Before he died Budai had secretly asked that firecrackers were hidden under his robe.That did that trick. All who were present at the cremation found themselves smiling.