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The Laughing Buddha

Old 01-14-2018, 05:52 AM
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Wink The Laughing Buddha

One may notice, among Chinese artifacts, statues of a fat fellow carrying a sack. He is known as the “Laughing Buddha.”

Hotei lived during the T’ang dynasty (618-907). He had no desire to call himself a Zen master or to gather many disciples around him. Instead he walked the streets with a big sack into which he would put gifts of candy, fruit, or doughnuts. These he would give to children who gathered around him in play. He established a kindergarten of the streets.

Whenever he met a Zen devotee he would extend his hand and say: “Give me one penny.” And if anyone asked him to return to a temple to teach others, again he would reply: “Give me one penny.”

Once as he was about his play-work another Zen master happened along and inquired: “What is the significance of Zen?”

Hotei immediately plopped his sack down on the ground in silent answer.

“Then” asked the other, “what is the actualization of Zen?”

At once, Hotei swung the sack over his shoulder and continued on his way.
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Old 01-14-2018, 11:09 AM
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Interesting. Somebody that challenged the status quo with a smile.
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Old 01-14-2018, 08:02 PM
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I always wondered about that smile, whether it was benevolence, haughtiness, joy or humor?

Personally I take it to mean don't lose your sense of humor or irony-Don't take life to seriously.
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Old 01-14-2018, 09:32 PM
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I think all of the above.
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