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 Sep.25.2013 @ 12:47AM EDTbyleoj99
I think people in Zen Forums are always missing the main purpose of Zazen which is Taming the Ego. Why because if you say some words that they don't like they got irritated. They think that their words are being attacked and they get mad and they call you a troll so that they have reason to ban you....LOL
The main purpose of Zazen is to tame the Ego. Stress reduction is just one of the bonus of sitting zazen. If your Ego is tame then you have peace of mind and the thoughts automatically settle down or never to arise again while sitting in zazen...LOL
Well they even log their meditation hours like flying hours for pilots...lol.. Some of them have logged thousands of meditation hours but I think they still get easily irritated and they are becoming old...lol
I was wondering if their meditations hours are just for show...lol
Once the Ego is tamed it is calm. No more thoughts will arise unnessarily during zazen or even in daily activities because it knows exactly when to think - when thinking is needed it thinks when it is not needed it does not think.