Why Does Buddha Laugh

smiling-buddha-sm4.jpgWhen the Dalai Lama came to California a couple of years ago, I listened to his lecture via a webcast.  He spoke about peace, compassion, and global leadership while chuckling frequently throughout the lecture.  I thought it was funny (unusual) he would laugh during a talk on serious subjects, but his laughter contagiously made me laugh.

Another time, I had the privilege of attending an event with Deepak Chopra and Eckhart Tolle both I admire as spiritual teachers.  Knowing of Eckhart’s difficult past, I expected him to have a serious tone.  He surprised and amused me by his elf-like laugh after each profound message.

Later I learned laughter is a sign of enlightenment – a blissful state where worries of the world are released, transcending you into a sense of joyfulness.  Once free from the conventional world, you can see the world in a new way.  Embrace it with sincerity and compassion.  The jovial expression of the Laughing Buddha, known as Bu-dai playfully encourages us to enjoy laughter of optimism.

3 thoughts on “Why Does Buddha Laugh

  1. Yes I agree with your view on why masters smile and laugh. Eeckhart Tolie has a elf laugh and makes me laugh with him. He is quite spoken and silent in between his words. He says to look for the stillness in between the words. Pro Peace to All like Mother Teresa said Blessings

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    • Thank you Melissa. I love Eckhart’s advice to “look for stillness between words.” I also appreciate “the quieter you become, the more you can hear” by Ram Dass. Peace and Love are key. 💛


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