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...
MAN OF WISDOM DOES NOT REALIZE TAO
One day a monk paid a visit to Tinh Khong (1091-1170), a Vietnamese Zen master, who was of the tenth generation of Vo Ngon Thong lineage, and asked: -From old days it was talked about "direct pointing", what does that mean? The master replied: -One goes to the farm and harvests everyday, but the storage is always empty. -I do not understand. -The sun and the moon are ever bright, but clouds arise and cover. Then the master gave this verse: "A man of wisdom did not realize Tao. A man of delusion realized Tao. One who is sleeping soundly does not know what is fale or what is true."
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