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...
EYES ARE FILLED WITH BLUE MOUNTAINS
One day when Fa-yen Wen-i (885-958), one of the well known Chinese Ch'an masters, has ascended his seat. From the assembly, a monk came out and asked: -What is one drop of water from the fount of Tsao-ch'i? Fa-yen repied: -It's one drop of water from the fount of Tsao-ch'i. The monk was dumbfound and withdrewn. At the time, Te-shao, who was also in the assembly, was suddenly greatly awakened when heard those words. He then presented Fa-yen the following verse:
"The summit of the peak of the mystic passover Is not the human world; Outside the mind, there are no things- The eyes are filled with blue mountains."
Fa-yen gave him his seal and approval, and said: "This one verse alone can sustain my school. In the future, kings will honor you. I am not equal to you."
Later, Te-shao appeared in the world as one of Fa-yen's successors, and was made as a National Teacher by a king who had been a prince-student of Te-shao.
......... Tsao-ch'i: referred where the Sith Patriarch Hui-neng resided, here meant Hui-neng's Ch'an.
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