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...
When he was still a Bodhisattva, the Buddha himself once said about Nirvana in his Jataka:
"When the fire of lust is extinct, that is Nirvana; When the fire of hatred and infatuation are extinct, that is Nirvana; When pride, false belief and all other passions and torments are extinct, that is Nirvana."
The d.o.m.'s question: Can Nirvana be attained and abided with?
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