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Those clever and humorous tales were an thought to non secular perform for greater than twelve centuries, fairly for all those that stick with the Buddhist course as laypeople. Layman P’ang (740–808) used to be a service provider and kin guy who someday positioned all his funds and possessions in a ship and sunk it in a river, in order that he may possibly dedicate his existence to the examine of the dharma. His spouse, son, and daughter joined him enthusiastically on his new direction, taking on a joyfully itinerant lifestyles jointly as they traveled from temple to monastery throughout southern China. This choice of anecdotes and verses concerning the enlightened layman and his relatives has develop into an everlasting Zen vintage.

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The Layman stated, “Without noticing yellow or eco-friendly, what do you are making of it? ” Sung-shan acknowledged, “It’s high quality with me. ” The Layman acknowledged, “Being both visitor or host1 will be tricky. ” Sung-shan acknowledged, “What is introduced into this global is pressured through whatever past. ”2 The Layman acknowledged, “This3 is so for we all, is it no longer? ” Sung-shan stated, “So it really is. So it truly is. ” The Layman acknowledged, “Consequently, with no noticing yellow or eco-friendly, it really is tough to assert whatever. ” Sung-shan laughed and stated, “So, are you entire speaking approximately this? ” The Layman bowed to the assembled clergymen [picking greens]. Sung-shan stated, “The meeting invitations your participation. ” The Layman then left. 1. See anecdote 28, word four. 2. The time period “something past” refers to a deeper resource to the lively global. this is often an strange reference in Zen texts, and the characters concerned will not be of universal utilization. three. See anecdote 18, be aware 1, for “this. ” 32. Sung-shan’s Ruler sooner or later, whilst Sung-shan was once speaking to the Layman, he unexpectedly picked up a ruler that was once at the desk and stated, “Do you spot this? ” The Layman stated, “I see it! ” Sung-shan acknowledged, “What do you notice? ” The Layman acknowledged, “Sung-shan. ” Sung-shan acknowledged, “Can you are saying it with no conversing? ” The Layman stated, “You’re the single who’s quibbling approximately no longer talking. ” Sung-shan placed down the ruler, and the Layman acknowledged, “To have a head with out tail is regrettable. ” Sung-shan stated, “It isn't so. at the present time the previous guy won’t get there by way of talking. ” The Layman stated, “Get to the place? ” Sung-shan acknowledged, “To the place there's a head yet no tail. ” The Layman acknowledged, “Being anything [form] is the weak spot of energy; being not anything [emptiness] is the power of weak spot. ” Sung-shan positioned his arm round the Layman and acknowledged, “You’re regularly in an unspeakable position, aren’t you, previous guy? ” DIALOGUES WITH PEN-HSI (HONGOKU) 33. Don’t inform a person What to Do The Layman requested the priest Pen-hsi,1 “What do you're making of Tan-hsia and the attendant who was once hit? ”2 Pen-hsi stated, “An previous man3 can inform even if an individual measures up or now not. ”4 The Layman acknowledged, “Since I practiced including the instructor, may perhaps I recommend a query? ” Pen-hsi stated, “As you would like, please raise a subject and that i will overview it with you. ” The Layman acknowledged, “Even for an previous guy, it isn’t correct to inform somebody what they need to or shouldn’t do. ” Pen-hsi stated, “You must have appreciate on your elders. ” The Layman stated, “Oh, forgive me! Forgive me! ” 1. even if this anecdote is repeated in different different texts, it really is Pen-hsi’s basically visual appeal within the literature. not anything has been handed down approximately him other than that he and the Layman have been dharma brothers whereas learning with Ma-tsu (as inferred from the text). 2. This refers to an incident recorded within the “Transmission of the Lamp. ” Tan-hsia had long past to work out the nationwide instructor (the religious consultant to the emperor) Nan-yang Hui-chung (Nanyo Echu), a dharma inheritor of the 6th Patriarch. (This most likely happened round 774–775, as Nan-yang died in 775. ) while Tan-hsia arrived, he requested Nan-yang’s attendant if the instructor was once in.

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