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...
zen is the art of using energy within your body to enhance or empower your own self..
ummm... it's like when a computer fail and it automaticly reboot to fix it self.....but....not every computer equiped with those kind of program but mostly they do...... what da .....i am talking about...ops .....sorry and all master said without body and energy you no need to reboot.......or try to smile .....haaa haaa
this world is craaaaazyyyyyyyy...... I love it..... : )
I suppose I would be more inclined to say that Zen to me is the mathematical problem of getting my existence down to its lowest common denominator.
Some say that is Nothing, or Nothingness. I am not sure its that complicated, or that easy, unless 0/0 = 1.
We have talked before about the common ground of science and faith. For scientists the bottom line is the energy in atoms that is common to all atoms, and for those of faith that energy is the embodiment of the universe and the source of consciousness.
But for some, like myself, and probably Lehish would agree, even that is too much of a description.
I cannot say what Zen is, only that it is, which will just have to be enough..