This is an article I posted on BellaOnline.com http://buddhism.bellaonline.com
When you ask most non-Buddhist to describe what Buddha looks like, a lot of people will tell you he is the jolly, fat-bellied guy you see statues of everywhere. But who is the round bellied man so many non-Buddhist and Buddhist like to have statues of?
His name is Hotei or some people refer to him as “the Laughing Buddha” because he is always portrayed…
Greetings! Has anyone done activities in your locale to get the Buddhists talking to one another? We do not have that many Buddhists groups in our town but what few ones there are tend toward keeping to themselves. There have been times when a dying person has needed and requested someone of there own tradition and no one could be found because of the sparse communication. Perhaps a sevice activity would bring tus together. Does anyone else have experience in this kind of situation?