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...
All the teachings are a means to help. They are like medicine that's used to cure the sick people. When the sick people are no longer sick, The medicine may be stored and saved when needed, Not to be put in a shrine to worship.
When one is not ok, he is driven by the teachings. When he is ok, he drives the teachings.
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