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...
WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME?
A monk who had studied under the Zen master Kassan for a period of time. Then he left him to go to many other places for more Zen enquiry. However, he could not find any place that fitted him. Furthermore, at any place visited, he hread that Kassan was praised as one of the great Zen masters. Therefore, the monk was back with Kassan and asked him: -At any place I visited, it was said that you, Sir, have very deep understanding, why didn't you tell me about that? Kassan replied: -When you started to cook, I kindled the fire. When you shared the food, I gave you my bowl. Was there any time I disappointed you? Right under the words, the monk awaked.
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