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...
THE DICHOTOMY OF ZEN
Visitor: I hear from the forum that Zen has no structure, no absolutes, and no rules. Yet I see solutions offered on the forum which rely on black bean Buddhism. Can you guys (and lady) have it both ways?
CT: If one can see things as-they-are, there is no such a thing called dichotomy of Zen or black bean Buddhism at all. All the words have been said are a means to help, no more no less. However, if one would like to run after words, of course, he could do what he wants.
Visitor & CT 10/29/03
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