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...
Evam ukta ayusman Subhutir Bhagavantam etad avocat: Asti Bhagavan kecit sattva bhavisyanty anagate 'dhvani pascime kale pascime samaye pascimayam panca-satyam saddharma-vipralope vartamane ya iman evamrupan dharman srutva-abhisraddadhasyanti? Bhagavan aha: Na te Subhute sattva na-a-sattvah. Tat kasya hetoh? Sattvah sattva iti Subhute sarve te Subhute a-sattvas Tathagatena bhasitah tenocyante sattva iti.
Subhuti asked: Are there, O Lord, any beings in the future, in the last time, in the last epoch, in the last 500 years, at the time of the collapse of the good doctrine who, on hearing such dharmas, will truly believe? The Lord replied: They, Subhuti, are neither beings nor no-beings. And why? 'Beings, beings', Subhuti, the Tathagata has taught that they are all no-beings. Therefore has he spoken of 'all beings'.
End of DIAMOND SUTRA - Chapter 18. Being is Non-beingT.o.C .
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