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These learned men of Buddhism had their slap happy moments.seems like a favorite pastime is to slap a fellow sage upside the head anytime a moment of enlightenment happens along..and if you think that s a little untoward, prepare to be really enlightened When the protagonist, Layman P ang himself is about to die, he has his daughter go outside and tell him when the sun reaches high noon, so he can time his passing preciselyshe returns, tells him there s an eclipse, thus foiling the timing of his death Surprised, he goes outside to confirm her story and she uses the ruse to slip back inside, sit and die herself P ang finds her and is broken up, right His daughter dies, and he s devastated with grief, yes NOOOOO He remarks, Excellent, she beat me to it He dies seven days later but not before his sone decides to die, toowhile standing, yes, standing So, there is deep, profound meaning in the allegories presented in this collection of parables and versebut I d be remiss if i didn t say that much of it is, well damn strange [[ Free Epub ]] ☋ A Man of Zen ⇝ Amazing Book, A Man Of Zen Author Yun Pang This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book A Man Of Zen , Essay By Yun Pang Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You Zen anecdotes from Layman P Ang s travels after abruptly giving up his life of materialism The three starts are for the fact that, for the general Western reader, many of the stories are lost in meaning simply because the abstract virtues of Zen Buddhism do not come as natural to our understanding because of the culture we ve grown in To anyone with an understanding of Zen if it could be called an understanding , though, this is a four star book to keep anywhere a quick read is found wanted. H mment vi opetuksia Osa solahti jotenkin l pi, osa t rm si mielen muuriin Ei kannata lukea v syneen , turhautumista siit seuraa. A slim volume translating anecdotes about P ng Y n also called Layman P ng , an exemplary lay Buddhist of the late eighth early ninth century Also includes a selection of 25 poems attributed to him actually called poem g th s in the original , and an introduction to medieval Chinese Buddhism and the life of Layman P ng.The tone of the book is scholarly without being academic you ll find very little of the American style Zennish philosophical speculation One of the hands responsible for the volume, Iriya Yoshitaka 1910 1999 , was among the greatest Japanese sinologists of the 20th century, especially when it comes to medieval vernacular Chinese Thus, A Man of Zen stays firmly grounded in the original sources, and aims to offer up the portrait of one man who witnessed the glory days of Zen.But I have two problems with this book 1 The translations are workmanlike, failing to capture the pizzazz of the originals For all the faults of popular translations such as those by Ezra Pound, Gary Snyder, Thomas Cleary , they usually read well as English Not so with this volume 2 The authors are way too trusting of their sources The earliest records about Layman P ng come from the Collection of the Patriarchs Hall , a very dubious 9th century collection of pro Buddhist gossip review incomplete will finish soon This slim volume, along with The Blue Cliff Records, encapsulates the essence of Ch an Highly recommended. We are currently reading this book at