I have no doubt there are plenty of statues of Hotei (the laughing Buddha) all over Asia, and this one is a particularly appealing one to me. It lives in Tanah Rata, state of Pahang, in Malaysia.
Two thousand five hundred years ago, Prince Siddhartha Gautama of the Sakya clan wanted to know the cause of suffering. When he discovered it, he became known as the Buddha, the enlightened one, enlightened enough to forge a path out of suffering into bliss. At the moment of discovery, exhilarated by the insight, did the Buddha laugh?