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...
WHO IS THE ONE WHO DOES NOT KNOW?
One day when P'ang layman (740-808)was selling bamboo baskets at the market place of Hung-chou. Seeing a monk begging alms, he took out a cash and said: -Can you tell me how to appreciate alms? The monk had nothing to say. P'ang layman said: -Ask me and I will tell you. The monk asked: -What is it to appreciate alms? P'ang layman replied: -Man seldom hears it. Then he asked the monk: -Do you understand? The monk said: -I do not understand. P'ang layman asked: -Who is the one who does not understand?
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