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...
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Dropping the views of being but clinging to the views of nothing, this is like the sun in the east that gets clouded on itself. [Hui-neng] Dropping the views of nothing but clinging to the views of being, this is like the moon in the west that gets clouded on itself. When mixing the views of being with the views of nothing, the sun and the moon get double clouded.
Note: The sun shines at midnight, no place is not bright.
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