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Hotei Statue ~ The Cotton-Sack Monk, 6.5"
Hotei Statue ~ The Cotton-Sack Monk

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The following is one of 101 Zen Stories, from the book Zen Flesh Zen Bones.

Hotei lived in the T'ang dynasty. He had no desire to call himself a Zen master or to gather many disciples about 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 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 the Happy Chinaman swung the sack over his shoulder and continued on his way.

This Hotei Buddha weighs in your hand like heavy plaster or stone, but is actually made of water buffalo bone meal mixed with a resin binder. Imported from Thailand.

Our Price: $48.00

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Product Code: S-3683


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