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...
Mumon's Comment 無門曰、
Nansen, growing old, had no shame. 纔開臭口、家醜外揚。
Just opening his stinking mouth, he let slip the family secrets. 然雖如是、知恩者少。
Yet there are very few who are grateful for his kindness.
The sky clears, the sun shines bright,
The rain comes, the earth gets wet.
He opens his heart and expounds the whole secret,
But I fear he is little appreciated.