044 2011

I read a story today, of Budai.

He was a Zen monk who travelled handing out fruit and treats to poor children, rather than become a traditional Zen master.

When asked once by a fellow devotee “What is the meaning of Zen?” he stopped and lay down his sack. When pressed “How does once realise Zen?” he picked up his sack and carried on his way.

Often called the Laughing Buddha, he symbolises health and happiness, epitomises tolerance and generosity, and today represents contentment!