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Layman P'ang . . . [Oct. 5th, 2015|05:00 pm]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
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. . . is this ancient Chinese dude (eighth century?) who was an itinerant peddler-type person who traveled with his daughter through the countryside making and selling spatulas and whisks and things.  The point of their travels was to visit the great Ch'an (Zen) patriarchs of the day and share insights on the nature of life the universe and everything.  The story (or at least one of the stories) is that when his children were grown, Layman P'ang put all of his family's possessions in a boat, pushed the boat out into a lake and sank it.  Then he and his daughter who liked to travel took off on their perpetual speaking tour, and the wife and son, who were not into traveling, went to work on someone else's estate for subsistence wages.  The whole family was said to be fully enlightened in the Zen sense of the word and no longer had any fears or desires---except for P'ang and the girl prefering to travel and the wife and son prefering not to.  Those were the only preferences they displayed or indulged.

It was said that Layman P'ang had seen both sides of the paper and knew that there was nothing on either side.

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Oh, and that's my second daughter's name, by the way:  Ling Zhao, after Layman P'ang's daughter.  She's next in line after Carrie Nevada and Danuel Mohammed.
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