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...
OBJECTIVITY AND SUBJECTIVITY
Things have never declared themselves empty, nor have they declared themselves form; and they have not declared themselves right, wrong, defiled or pure. Nor is there a mind that binds and fetters people. It is just because people themselves give rise to vain and arbitrary attachments that they create so many kinds of opinions, and give rise to many various likes and fears. Just understand that things do not originate of themselves. All of them come into existence from your own single mental impulse of imagination mistakenly clinging to appearances. If you know that mind and objects fundamentally do not contact each other, you will be set free on the spot. Everything in a state of quiescence right where it is; this is the very site of enlightenment.
Ch'an master Pai-chang
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