This image in paper form depicts Maitreya Bodhisattva who is the Future Buddha in the Buddhist tradition. He is a symbol of great benevolence and is sometimes called the Happy Buddha . His large belly represents generosity, prosperity and good fortune . He is also described as a Chan Buddhist monk who lived in China over a thousand years ago. The Happy Buddha , with a huge smile on his face and a large round belly, shows us the joy and the best of being who we really are. No matter what the situation or circumstance is, he is always smiling. He reminds us to smile and assure us that life is easy when seen from within. Maitreya Bodhisattva is one of the five major bodhisattvas in Chinese Buddhism.
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