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Hotei (Chinese: Pu-tai)
Hotei is a beloved figure in Chinese Buddhism. He was a monk who lived in about the tenth century A.D. in China. He was called “Pu-tai” ("Hotei" in Japanese), meaning “hempen sack” because he carried a beggar’s sack wherever he went. His real name was Ch’i-t’su. He is said to have carried treats in his sack, giving them to children encountered in his wanderings. His generosity, freedom from worldly care, and joyful spirit are depicted in statues of “the laughing Buddha.” He came to be thought of as an incarnation of the Bodhisattva Maitreya, “the Buddha who is to come.”
Buddha of Healing (Baisajyaguru)
This Buddha is shown holding a stem of the myrobalan plant (known for its medicinal properties) in the right hand and a medicine bowl in the left hand. This statue represents the healing power of faith and meditation, especially the healing of the causes of suffering through study and practice of the Buddha's Path. The Buddha's Teaching, the Dharma, is often referred to as "the medicine for all suffering." Made of polyresin. Color: Tan with brown accents. Made in India.