We may think of gold as being the symbol of wealth, but it has deep spiritual connotations, too – especially in the teachings of Buddhism. Laughing Buddha statues, the symbol of happiness and good health, are usually painted gold or even made of solid gold, such as the amazing Golden Buddha of Wat Traimit temple in Thailand that weighs in at more than five tonnes.

In Buddhism, the golden fish symbolises the auspiciousness of all living beings in a state of fearlessness, while the gold lotus flower represents the ultimate achievement of enlightenment. So, the next time you find yourself surrounded by gold, don’t just think bling. Close your eyes and enter your sacred place.

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