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...
THERE IS OR THERE IS NOT
Chang-ch'o, an educated man, once asked the Chinese Ch'an master Chih-t'sang: -Is there paradise or hell? Chih-t'sang replied: -No. Chang-ch'o protested: -That is not correct. When I was studying under the priest Ching-shan, he always replied, "Yes." Chih-t'sang asked: -Do you have wife and kids? Chang-Ch'o answered: -I have a wife and two kids. Chih-t'sang again asked: -Does the priest Ching-shan have any wife and kids? Chang-ch'o said: -He is a monk, how could he have wife and kids? Chih-t'sang said: -So, wait until when you are like the priest Ching-shan who does not have wife and kids, then say,"No."
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