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...
ABOUT EMPTINESS (SUNYATA)
Like using water to quench fire burning, The emptiness of dharmas has been talked about by wise men, In order to help people to stop raising views and holding on them, To get themselves liberated and free. If one now raises his views of emptiness and holding on them, then he cannot be helped, because he entirely misunderstood of it, Unless, he himself must empty his views of emptiness first.
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