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...
‘It is the single (nature of ) mind
which encompasses all of Samsara and Nirvana. Even though its inherent nature
has existed from the very beginning, you have not recognized it.
(Self-Liberation Through Seeing With Naked Awareness)