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There are those beings who have vowed not to enter Nirvana until they have helped all others realize enlightenment. Hotei is this kind of Bodhisattva. He is one of the Shichi Fukujin, the Seven Japanese Shinto-Gods of Luck. His fat stomach, which protrudes from the robes he wears, symbolizes the largeness of his soul. It is also a symbol of happiness, luck, and generosity. (the story continues...)

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The Laughing Buddha
Hotei


There are those beings who have vowed not to enter Nirvana until they have helped all others realize enlightenment. Hotei is this kind of Bodhisattva. He is one of the Shichi Fukujin, the Seven Japanese Shinto-Gods of Luck. His fat stomach, which protrudes from the robes he wears, symbolizes the largeness of his soul. It is also a symbol of happiness, luck, and generosity. His large elongated earlobes are a sign of wisdom. Hotei as a wandering monk who goes around and takes the sadness from the people of this world. Just his appearance has the ability to cheer anyone up from a bad day. His largely exposed, pot-belly stomach protrudes in front of him as he continues to laugh through never-ending-time. He is admired for his happiness, plenitude, contentment and his loving and cheerful character. This deity of abundance, children and joy is often shown carrying a cloth sack (That Which Never Empties) filled with many precious items, including rice plants (indicating wealth), candy for children, food, or the woes of the world. Tracing his origins from a mix of Buddhist and Shinto religions, Hotei is from the time of the Liang Dynasty. Tradition has it that a Buddhist Zen monk by the name of Pu-Tai lived then. Because of his benevolent nature he was regarded as a bodhisattva, but due to his large protruding stomach, he was caricatured as the "Laughing Buddha." He is also dubbed the Loving or Friendly One. Some sources affirm that he was an incarnation of the Bodhisattva Miroku, the Buddhist Savior of the Future.
Chocolate Deities’ Laughing Buddha travels the world spreading joy and happiness wherever he goes. His whimsical spirit reminds us to always keep our sense of humor. There is a tradition that if a group of strangers gather together on New Year's Eve and ask Hotei for the same gift, provided they truly believe he will grant it, Hotei will indeed give them what they ask for.
Put him on your altar, melt him for hot chocolate, relish him!
Many believe that rubbing the Buddha's belly brings joy, luck and prosperity.
GATHER your friends, RUB his belly, FILL yours, and SEE what happens!

All our novelty chocolates are hand-dipped by family chocolatiers in New York’s Hudson Valley and are great for Christmas, Birthdays, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Buddhist Holidays, Hindu Holidays, Goddess Calendar Days or any Special Occasion. Each is beautifully gift wrapped with a Tidings Midori ribbon carrying a special message.




The Buddha comes in many manifestations. This Chocolate Buddha is a Hotei Buddha, or Laughing Buddha of Good Luck, is a Confucian symbol and Buddhist symbol and our original Chocolate Buddha. In Buddhism, he is considered to be a Boddisatva, or one who helps others realize their own enlightenment before he will pass out of this life. We offer a Dark Chocolate Hotei Laughing Buddha, a Milk Chocolate Hotei Laughing Buddha, and a White Chocolate Hotei Laughing Buddha and combinations of all three.










Chocolate Deities are Fine Quality Gourmet Handmade Chocolate that celebrate those gods and goddesses of love and luxury, joy and happiness, compassion, peace and serenity, healing, and fertility of the body and imagination. Theobroma Cacao, the Food of the Gods: The Chocolate Gods and Chocolate Goddesses. We honor those deities who long for sweet offerings and embrace the notion that chocolate has powers to transport and inspire beyond other mere consumables. We chose chocolate for it is the food of the gods in that it induces and celebrates love, which brings you into relationship with all living things; helps to heal a broken heart; brings joy, which helps your spiritual journey; calls forth peace and compassion; lowers stress, which helps you on your inner journey; carries anti-oxidants, which help you on your healing journey; has aphrodisiac qualities which enlarge and foment fecundity; stimulates the imagination, and according to the ancient Aztecs who first discovered it, provides strength and wisdom. Chocolate Deities are: offerings; prayers and wishes; food stuffs; love objects; altarpieces; kitchen art of the highest order and yummy chocolate gifts. As the history of chocolate tell us, it was the Ancient Mayans and Aztecs who discovered and enjoyed chocolate. We thank the Mayans and the Aztecs for their discovery of Theobroma Cacao, the Food of the Gods, and we thank their gods for sharing it with them.


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