The Sayings of Layman P'ang: A Zen Classic of China (Paperback)

The Sayings of Layman P'ang: A Zen Classic of China By James Green (Translated by), Dennis Genpo Merzel (Foreword by) Cover Image
By James Green (Translated by), Dennis Genpo Merzel (Foreword by)
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These wise and funny stories have been an inspiration to spiritual practice for more than twelve centuries, particularly for all those who follow the Buddhist path as laypeople. Layman P’ang (740–808) was a merchant and family man who one day put all his money and possessions in a boat and sunk it in a river, so that he could devote his life to the study of the dharma. His wife, son, and daughter joined him enthusiastically on his new path, taking up a joyfully itinerant life together as they traveled from temple to monastery across southern China. This collection of anecdotes and verses about the enlightened layman and his family has become an enduring Zen classic.

About the Author

James Green is a longtime Zen student and former monk who is a disciple of the renowned Japanese Zen master and artist Keido Fukushima Roshi. He is also the translator of The Recorded Sayings of Zen Master Joshu. He lives in Vietnam.

Praise For…

“P’ang the Layman is terrific at pulling the rug out from underneath you just at the right time. He is one of the great, wild, exhilarating Zen figures, a pioneer in the adventure of understanding the mind. James Green is one of the very best translators we have, and this book is a classic.”—John Tarrant, Roshi, author of Bring Me the Rhinoceros

Product Details
ISBN: 9781590306307
ISBN-10: 1590306309
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: March 10th, 2009
Pages: 176
Language: English