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Published: July 30, 2010
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"I have heard about three monks. No names are mentioned, because they never disclosed their names to anybody. They never answered anything.

In China, they are simply known as the three laughing monks. And they did only one thing: they would enter a village, stand in the market place and start laughing. They would laugh with their whole being and suddenly people would become aware. Then others would also get the infection and a crowd would gather. The whole crowd would start laughing just because of them. What was happening? The whole town would get involved. Then they would move to another town. ”They were loved very much. That was their only sermon, their only message; that laugh. And they would not teach; they would simply create a situation.

”Then it happened that they became famous all over the country. Three laughing monks. All of China loved them, respected them. Nobody had ever preached in such a way that life must be just a laughter and nothing else. They were not laughing at anyone in particular. They were simply laughing as if they had understood the Cosmic joke. And they spread so much joy all over China without using a single word. People would ask for their names, but they would simply laugh. So that became their name – the three laughing monks.

”Then they grew old. And while staying in one village. one of the three monks died. The whole village became very much expectant because they thought that when one of them had died, the other two would surely weep. This must be worth seeing because no one had ever seen these people weeping. The whole village gathered. But the two monks were standing beside the corpse of the third and laughing – such a belly laugh. So the villagers asked them to explain this.

”So for the first time, the two monks spoke and said, ’We are laughing because this man has won. We were always wondering as to who would die first and this man has defeated us. We are laughing at our defeat and his victory. Also he lived with us for many years and we laughed together and we enjoyed each other’s togetherness, presence. There can be no better way of giving him the last send off. We can only laugh.

”But the whole village was sad. And when the dead monk’s body was put on the funeral pyre, then the village realized that the remaining two monks were not the only ones who were joking, the third who was dead was also laughing. He had asked his companions not to change his clothes. It was conventional that when a man died they changed his dress and gave a bath to the body. So the third monk had said, ’Don’t give me a bath because I have never been unclean. So much laughter has been in my life that no impurity can accumulate, can come to me. I have not gathered any dust.

Laughter is always young and fresh. So don’t give me a bath and don’t change my clothes.’ ”So just to respect his wishes, they did not change his clothes. And when the body was put to fire, suddenly they became aware that he had hidden some Chinese fire-works under his clothes and they had started going off. So the whole village laughed and the other two monks said: ’You rascal, you are dead, but you have defeated us once again. Your laughter is the last."


19 colors, background for one last project, hope i got enough time left to accomplish it.
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SiansaarProfessional Digital Artist
Wonderful piece, love the story behind it!
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RebellingLemmingHobbyist Traditional Artist
Great art!
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Tikomi-AHobbyist General Artist
I am crying right now, it's beautiful.  ;_;
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Bongwater-banditHobbyist Digital Artist
This is GOD TIER pixel work man. I literally am speechless
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ClockupFlowersHobbyist Digital Artist
That moment when you're so good at pixeling it looks like a digital painting. 
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EFBaileyHobbyist General Artist
Good God, Fool.  The clouds.  How did you even START?  Amazing work.
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A story I'll remember.
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love pixel love fool.

You are the best pixelartist in world <3
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justinmanasProfessional Digital Artist
do you have any art theory tutorials. Your stuff is so good.
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Unfortunately theory is something i'm lacking and use a common sense instead.
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CraftyPixelHobbyist Digital Artist
Love <3
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Hunter-WolfHobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing pixel work and amazing story ^_^
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SilkkatStudent Traditional Artist
oh my oh my oh my...
so awesome
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This is my personal favorite from all your work, no doubt. Thankyou so much for let us download it TwT
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Clouds are pixels too xDDD This is so ridiculously proffesional and supreme...
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wahirschHobbyist Digital Artist
I'm just beginning to have more than a passing interest in spriting and non-isometric artwork. Thanks for the inspiration.
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k3vh3adHobbyist General Artist
fine message. wonderful piece!

Thank you
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ganjatime Traditional Artist
gracias por compartir (:
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Militant-Jester General Artist
Really awesome story.
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ranbassiHobbyist Filmographer
I posted a article on this very story on my blog... [link] seeing this image was of the same story I added a thumbnail, with direct link your page, hope thats ok, but if it isn't I will remove it right away.
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Deborah-ValentineProfessional Traditional Artist
another blow-mind Pixel art piece!
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DarkDeityXHobbyist General Artist
Ive already left one comment on here... but just yesterday I told this story to one of my friends and it really helped them out. Thanks again, Sir Fool! Your work is one of the greatest inspirations - not just for art but for life as a whole!
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AngelofDeathzHobbyist General Artist
This is so awesome!! I wish I knew how to do pixel art :D
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