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Budai/The Laughing Buddha (China), Hotei (Japan), Bố Đại (Vietnam) - Chinese folkloric deity admired for his happiness, plenitude, & wisdom of contentment. Popular folklore maintains that rubbing his belly brings wealth, good luck, prosperity.In Japan folklore he is one of the Seven Lucky Gods (Shichi Fukujin) of Taoism

"I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self." ~ Aristotle