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...
Posted on Jul.09.2013 @ 03:32PM EDTbypudgala2
My past is a collection of my thoughts of how my mind interpreted events that my mind thought at the time were important to itself.
My future is an imaginary state generated in the present by my memorized experiences that my mind thought at the time were important to itself.
My mental life kept reincarnating itself over and over and over again because of its inherited sense of self importance.
It all started out as a rehearsal for a play and I got the parts I created in other actor's lives and after uncountable performances I grew weary of all the repetitious acting and so I moved on to writing, directing, producing, and acting in my own plays.
While putting on a performance as a Zen Buddhist I rehearsed a few lines and came to the part where I had to practice sitting still in the middle of the stage and a very odd thing happened. I became acutely aware of the spotlight in the theater that I spent all of my life in and thought was focused on me. It wasn't a spotlight at all but an opening in the theater of my mind.
To see your past, look to who and what you are now cause you are the result of the past
To see your future, look to who and what you are now cause you are what your future self is based upon.
Spot light of the theater of your mind?? I don't understand but it isn't my epiphany. If you feel you want to learn more about Zen Buddhism then please go to a Zen Center or Buddhist Center and learn. Many of those places are free. And, they can answer some of your questions