Name: Phra Sangkachai (Mahākaccāyana Thera) bucha (statue)
Place of Origin: Wat Pai Lom, Thailand
Year: B.E. 2554 (2011 C.E.)
Size: 9 cm x 7 cm x 6.3 cm
Material: Resin, gold leaf, and yellow copper
This statue is made and consecrated by the Buddhist monk Luang Por Nam Fon. Luang Por Nam Fon is a disciple of the late Luang Por Poon of Wat Pai Lom, Thailand. Bascially, any amulet or statue coming from Wat Pai Lom can be considered a Buddhist favorite, authentically sacred and of reputable status, as well as almost always being a beautiful piece of Buddhist art, which is pure Buddhānussāṭi (recollection of the Lord Buddha, the Dhamma, and the Sangha).
This beautiful statue of Mahākaccāyana Thera – the Buddha of Happiness and Wealth – is made from resin and attributed with gold leaf foil, and a yellow copper plate (inserted in the base) on which a magical yantra is inscribed. Also, the official serial number and the name of temple are engraved on the base of the statue. Hence, this statue is a worthy item to grace the altar of anyone’s home. Also, if offered as a gift to the Buddhist monastic community (the Sangha), it would be accepted proudly. Moreover, in that case, it is quite likely to be placed on view in any Buddhist temple.
Nāmo Tassa Bhagavāto Arahato Sammāsambuddhassa (3x)
Sabba Santa Bhāvati To
Sabba Veramaṭi Kanto
Sabbata Samaṇa Sampanno
Sīti Buddho Sada Vibhāva
Hitāya Dhana Sukhaṁ Hotu Tassa
Sabba Ca Mahālābho Ca
Upano Hotu Sabba Ta
Mahākaccāyana Thera was previously known as Kaccāna (Pāḷi) – an adept and a popular teacher of the Buddhist Dhamma. People regarded Mahākaccāyana as a very attractive, good-looking young man. His features in physical appearance were highly similar to that of the Buddha. Mahākaccāyana was well aware of the fact that people often tend to mistake his appearance for that of the Buddha. Thus, he wished to distinguish himself from the looks of the Buddha, upon which he decided transform himself into a fat and ugly monk.
In one of his past lives, at the time of Buddha Padumuttara (the 13th Buddha), Mahākaccāyana had made a vow to become a great teacher of the Dhamma. From that moment on he performed countless meritorious deeds throughout his future lives. Through the immense accumulation of merit he had inherited strong magical powers. One of those many offerings he made contained a brick of gold he offered to the stupa (Pāḷi: cetiya) of the Kassapa Buddha (the 27th Buddha), which lead to his future rebirth in which he was born with a body radiating a golden hue.
Mahākaccāyana always presented many generous gifts to his followers, which lead to the rise of Mahākaccāyana’s popularity among the laity. In this way, Mahākaccāyana became an important object of a cult wherein his saintly charisma became manifest in a popular image (monk with a fat belly) which represents material wealth and prosperity. This particular image is worshipped by laypeople, for they believe Mahākaccāyana Thera is a fully enlightened monk (Pāḷi: arahant) who is worthy of worship. Moreover, Mahākaccāyana is also seen as an arahant fulfilling peoples’ wishes.
Apart from worship for good fortune, Mahākaccāyana Thera is also venerated for lending his worshippers assistance in cultivating the path of practice. Moreover, he instructs the laity to make merit and to practice right (verbal, physical, mental) speech and action.