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The yogic application of this little story is that the spiritual attracts the spiritual.
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Hotei’s sack encompasses the Great Emptiness.
The Buddha, on the other hand, takes down all the barriers and leaves an empty space. As you let go of your emotional habits you find it is very peaceful, it’s universal, it’s what you really are; you’re not the limitations that you identify with. You are not the human body. What does that mean?
In the Chinese popular imagination, mendicant monks, conjurers, and mysterious hermits were often thought to be disguised “living luohans,” or Buddhist holy men capable of producing miracles.
The Buddha knew that because both happiness and unhappiness are unsatisfactory, they have the same value. When happiness arose he let it go. He had right practice, seeing that both these things have equal values and drawbacks.
Beginnings of Chan (Zen) Painting and Muqi is a wonderful film exploring the highly problematic subject of Chan painting. 55 minutes.