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...
MOUNTAIN FLOWERS VALLEY STREAMS
A monk asked Ta-lung - a Chinese Ch'an master: -The physical body will decompose, what about the hard and fast Dharma body? Ta-lung replied: -The mountain flowers bloom like brocade, the valley streams are blue like indigo.
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