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Budai, Hall of Four Heavenly Kings, Chung Tai Chan Monastery

A statue of the monk, Budai (布袋) -- an incarnation of the Maitreya Buddha (future Buddha of this world) -- in the Hall of Four Heavenly Kings of the Chung Tai Chan Monastery in Puli.

Budai represents contentment, generosity, wisdom, and open kindheartedness. It is a popular belief that rubbing his belly brings wealth, good luck, and prosperity, which is why you may see a statue of him with a worn stomach. (Brian K. Smith photo | View slideshow)

Chung Tai Chan Monastery
No. 2, Chung Tai Road, Puli, Nantou
Tel: +886 (049) 293-0215
www.ctworld.org/

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