Thursday, May 23, 2013

Layman P'ang

The words were once attributed to Layman P'ang:
I am not a Buddha. I am just an ordinary fellow who understands things.
It probably doesn't bang everyone's chimes, but as a gentle and direct summing up of intention, effort and attainment (or no attainment, if you insist), it certainly bangs mine.


  1. Why doesn't he get a hat that fits if he's so clever?

  2. "There are, strictly speaking, no enlightened people, there is only enlightened activity." – Shunryu Suzuki

    Zen is a human activity within the known reality. Zen is not a metaphysical activity within an imaginary reality.