Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Pangyun or “Layman Pang” [W-G: P’ang Yun / J: Hokoji]

                Pangyun was first a student of Mazu and then later of Shitou. He never became a monk, was married, and had a daughter. He became known as Layman Pang.
                One day Shitou came upon him as he was at work on the temple grounds. The master asked him how he had been filling his time. Pang replied in verse: "Nothing to choose, nothing to discard. / I exercise occult and subtle power. / How miraculous! How wondrous! / Hauling water and carrying wood!"

[Pangyun – Zen Masters of China: 90, 100-02]

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