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...
JUST FOLLOW THE FLOW.
Ta-mei Fa-chang (752-839) was a Chinese Ch'an master. After he got awakened under the Great master Ma-tsu Tao-i (709-788), he went to the Ta-mei mountain and resided there. One day there was a traveling monk who got lost in the Ta-mei mountain and unexpectedly saw the Ch'an master. The monk asked: -How long have you been here, Sir? Fa-chang replied: -I've only seen the green mountain turns into the yellow one. The monk then asked: -Would you please give me the direction to go out of this mountain? Fa-chang replied: -Just follow the flow.
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