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  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... continue...

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WANDERING IN THE MOUNTAIN
One day, Chang-sha Ching-tsen (d. 868), one of the well-known Chinese Ch'an masters,
wandered in the mountain. When he was back just at the gate of the temple, the head monk asked him:
-Where have you been, Sir?
Chang-sha replied:
-I was wandering in the mountain.
The head monk asked again:
-Where did you go and then come back?
Chang-sha replied:
-First, pursuing the fragrant grasses I went, then following the falling flowers I returned.
The head monk said:
-It's very much like the sense of springtime.
Chang-sha said:
-It's even more than the autunm dew dripping on the lotuses.


 



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