Anyone walking about Chinatowns in America with observe statues of a stout fellow carrying a linen sack. Chinese merchants call him Happy Chinaman or Laughing Buddha.
This Hotei lived in the T'ang dynasty. He had no desire to call himself...
IT'S USED EVERYDAY BUT NOT KNOWN
When Gensha Shibi, a Chinese Zen master, and a general were eating cakes together, the general asked: - What is it that's used everyday but not known? The master handed a piece of cake to the general and said: - Eat this piece of cake. The general ate the piece of cake, then repeated the question. The master said: -That's what's used everyday but not known.
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