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...
BODHISATTVA & BUDDHA
One day the deluded old man was asked by a man: -How do you define a Bodhisattva? -A Bodhisattva is the one who will not sink when walking on water and will not get burned when going through fire? -And how do you define a Buddha? -A Buddha is the one who will not sink when walking on water, and will not get burned when going through fire. -So, what is the difference between a Bodhisattva an a Buddha? -When a Buddha wants to sink, he immediately sinks or when he wants to get burned, he immediately get burned. Meanwhile a Bodhisattva can't sink even when he wants to sink, he can't get burned even when he wants to get burned.
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